Fear the Reaper, Not Bachmann
Maybe I am putting too much faith in the American public. But I cannot muster up any angst or fear over the prospect of Michelle Bachmann, GOP Presidential Candidate. Granted I am counting on a public which elected George Bush not once, but twice.
No wait I mean elected him once. The Supreme Court placed him in that position the first time.
I would like to think that we learned from that failed social experiment and that everyone now agrees that the class dunce should not be at the head of the class. With that in mind I submit some of Bachmann’s foibles:
- She mistook John Wayne Gacy, a noted serial killer with John Wayne, the American Icon. When announcing her official bid in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa she dropped that bomb. By the way, nice non-catch by her staff. When she was presented with her mix up her reply was that at least she got the state right. That would be a nice punchline for an SNL skit, it is scary when you think of a potential president lacking that attention to detail.
- Bachmann claimed the first shot of the Revolutionary War took place in New Hampshire. She was in New Hampshire at the time, maybe she was just trying to fluff the voters there.
- And today her claim that the Founding Fathers worked “tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States” from a few months ago came back up while on an appearance on “Good Morning America”. She proceeded to try and defend that statement by adding John Quincy Adams to the Founding Fathers. She then got destroyed by George Stephanopoulos, who will never be confused with a hard interviewer, especially in his tenure on GMA.
Look, almost every political in the YouTube/Twitter era has their verbal gaffes. President Obama, one of the best speakers of our time has his share. ” Bachmann possess the horrible quality of not being able to admit when she makes a mistake. I think that arrogance will be her downfall as much as her verbal/mental stumbles.
Rep Bachmann likes to come off as a defender of small government. Only there is not a thing about her that I find genuine or that jibes with her self proclaimed advocacy for small government:
- Her husband’s business received pork barrel money for training his employees, she claims that it did not benefit the business. “It went to the employees”. Sure, the business did not benefit at all from having better trained staff.
- Her father-in-law’s farm received subsidies and she claimed she did not benefit, even though the financial records her campaign submitted say otherwise.
This one shows off the classic issue with this crop of GOP candidates: they all try to run from facts that are easily proved. With Romney it is his Massachusetts Healthcare Reform, he likes to pretend that the popular program did not come from him as it is too close to ObamaCare. With Michelle, well it seems like most things that come out of her mouth are hyperbolic bullshit that a teenager can disprove.
I know the GOP is trying as hard as they can to crash the economy in time for the 2012 elections. They have done a great job subverting anything President Obama has tried to get done the past two and half years, even when he is trying to get something through that meshes with their ideals. He is politically vulnerable.
But if Michelle Bachmann is the GOP candidate then I will have restrain myself from popping the champagne corks early. And if you think that is too cocky, well I leave you this piece of video: