Bachmann gets history wrong while avoiding a question about how she got some other history wrong.

And while we’re on the subject of Bachmann, you may want to read Matt Taibi’s profile of her in Rolling Stone:

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and, as you consider the career and future presidential prospects of an incredible American phenomenon named Michele Bachmann, do one more thing. Don’t laugh.

It may be the hardest thing you ever do, for Michele Bachmann is almost certainly the funniest thing that has ever happened to American presidential politics. Fans of obscure 1970s television may remember a short-lived children’s show called Far Out Space Nuts, in which a pair of dimwitted NASA repairmen, one of whom is played by Bob (Gilligan) Denver, accidentally send themselves into space by pressing “launch” instead of “lunch” inside a capsule they were fixing at Cape Canaveral. This plot device roughly approximates the political and cultural mechanism that is sending Michele Bachmann hurtling in the direction of the Oval Office.

Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions. She believes that the Chinese are plotting to replace the dollar bill, that light bulbs are killing our dogs and cats, and that God personally chose her to become both an IRS attorney who would spend years hounding taxpayers and a raging anti-tax Tea Party crusader against big government. She kicked off her unofficial presidential campaign in New Hampshire, by mistakenly declaring it the birthplace of the American Revolution. “It’s your state that fired the shot that was heard around the world!” she gushed. “You are the state of Lexington and Concord, you started the battle for liberty right here in your backyard.”

I said lunch, not launch! But don’t laugh. Don’t do it. And don’t look her in the eyes; don’t let her smile at you. Michele Bachmann, when she turns her head toward the cameras and brandishes her pearls and her ageless, unblemished neckline and her perfect suburban orthodontics in an attempt to reassure the unbeliever of her non-threateningness, is one of the scariest sights in the entire American cultural tableau. She’s trying to look like June Cleaver, but she actually looks like the T2 skeleton posing for a passport photo. You will want to laugh, but don’t, because the secret of Bachmann’s success is that every time you laugh at her, she gets stronger.


  1. Oh wow, does she listen to herself? Doesn’t she have lackeys telling her to just stop talking for just even a second? I’m amazed that real people even listen and believe the things that fall from her mouth.
    ” Your words fall from your mouth like shit from ass” – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

  2. The Taibbi article is wonderfully eye-opening, and goes a long way to explaining why it is that Bachmann embodies “truthiness” more than anyone else in politics. The facts really just don’t matter to her, so arguing them with her is fruitless.

  3. People get things wrong all the time. She’s not the first, nor will she be the last. I noticed a great deal of silence when the President (then candidate) talked about the 57 states. Last week he also forgot awarding the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta. Both gaffes to be sure but they’re not pounded upon as Bachmann’s are. Hell they don’t even let Joe Biden speak in public for the same reason.

    People make mistakes. Correct yourself, acknowledge you’re human and move on.

    If this were an error that actually mattered (like whether or not we should go to war) then give her the broadsides. Those kinds of errors have consequences. Grave ones. The rest of this is bullshit gotcha media.

    1. I agree that people do make mistakes. The issue I see here is that she’s standing by her mistakes, too arrogant to concede that she did in fact make a gaffe, but instead trying to dodge the question and/or rewrite history.

    2. Really? You noticed a great deal of silence over the “57-states” gaffe? I noticed a great deal of snickering, and I’m one of those people who only watches and reads the liberal echo chambers.

    3. “People make mistakes. Correct yourself, acknowledge you’re human and move on.”

      Sure. This point you are making, I agree with it. But I have yet to see any “acknowledging” going on with this woman and her many gaffes. I see ducking the issue, I see claiming she didn’t say what we all JUST HEARD HER say, and worst, I see her and her followers trying to re-write history so that it appears that she has more of a “nuanced” take on history than the rest of us idiots. I see people trying to change Wikipedia, for Godsakes.

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