I thought I’d posted this when I first saw it in July. Can’t find it. It deserves a wider audience, I think: “The Michelle Bachmann Song” by Hockey Mama for Obama.
Do we need to add anything?
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After the Republican presidential candidates’ debate, observers of the pageant opined that Michelle Bachmann had little command of history (as usual, in her case), but a great command of turning phrases that telegraph to particular interest groups that she is one of them. For example, somewhere in the debate Bachmann sneaked in a claim that “we are the head and not the tail.” This was said to be a cryptic shout out to fundamentalist Christians, a reference to Deuteronomy 28.13.
So, if Bachmann is so thoughtful, so careful to send coded messages to her supporters, one may wonder: What group is she giving a shout out to, here, in her appearance in Waterloo, Iowa:
Nominally, one might think she’s sending a note to all of us in the John Wayne fan club. But some of us in the fan club remember that Marion Mitchell Morrison (John Wayne’s non-screen name) was born — in Iowa, true — but in Winterset, in the southern part of the state.
Waterloo was the home of another man who was born with the name “John Wayne.” But that was John Wayne Gacy, the serial murderer who moved to Waterloo, Iowa in the middle 1960s.
Oy. Wrong John Wayne to affiliate with Waterloo, or even to remind Waterloo residents about. History that is, regretfully, bogus. Or voodoo history, depending on whether one thinks Bachmann is conscious, not on drugs, and meant what she said.
Bachmann told CBS News that she’s running because “People are tired of being told things that aren’t so.” Practice what you preach, Ms. Bachmann?
- Washington Post blog story on the goof
- HuffPost with longer video
- Salon, on how to tell the difference
Sunday I watched Bachmann vs. CBS’s veteran report Bob Schieffer. Schieffer asked her about her tendency to tell extremely tall tales — like her claim that the Obama administration had failed to approve any oil leases, when the total approved at that point was 270 leases. Bachmann went off on a tangent. Schieffer asked the question a second time. She went on another tangent. Schieffer asked a third time, a third tangent.
History challenged, veracity challenged: Every time Michelle Bachmann opens her mouth, it’s an adventure.
Quotes that will live in infamy: Michelle Bachmann, another history “F” (“shot heard ’round the world”)March 14, 2011
In Concord, New Hampshire, on March 11 and 12, 2011, apparently testing to see whether that little state has bad enough education standards before announcing a presidential bid, Michelle Bachmann butchered history and geography once again, according to the conservative Minnesota Independent:
“You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord,” she said, referencing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn,” an ode to the lives lost at the start of the American Revolution in Concord, Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.
How many bites at the apple does stupid get? Has Ed Brayton picked up on this yet?
- “Concord Hymn” read by Bill Clinton
- “Paul Revere’s Ride” 150 years old during National Poetry Month (2010)
- “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”
- Celebrating April 19: Paul Revere and the shot heard ’round the world
- Remember why it is important to watchdog Tea Partiers as they savage U.S. history, from this article by Erik Christiansen and Jeremy Sullivan in Inside Higher Ed
Tip of the old scrub brush to Pat Carrithers.
Update: Oh, yeah, others noticed:
- New American did its damnedest to explain it away as a slip of the tongue — either assuming Bachmann is too reckless not to use prepared remarks for her first foray into New Hampshire (maybe a more serious indictment), or not paying attention to her written remarks (Was it just one more in a long string of really stupid slips of the tongue? Loose tongues sink as many ships as loose lips . . .); in another article New American falsely claimed a worldwide ban on DDT, falsely claiming the ban killed 30 million kids, and said that it disrupted food growing in America, though food crops hadn’t been sprayed with DDT for nearly a decade when its use was banned on agricultural crops in the U.S. alone. Accuracy isn’t in that animal
- And that site for undiscriminating, miseducated people, American Elephants, thought Bachmann’s earlier distortions of history just lovely.
- Peter Fenn blogging at U.S. News and World Report asks, “Why does anyone take Michelle Bachmann seriously?”
- Politico notes the long history of Bachmann getting the facts wrong, and reveals that Bachmann repeated the error about the location of the Battle of Concord at least twice in that New Hampshire swing. Bachmann can’t hire competent aides, either? Politico questions Bachmann’s basic governing competence, noting that, while she is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and should know better, she urged President Obama to follow the counsel of Gen. David Patraeus about intervention in Libya. Petraeus isn’t in the chain of command on Libya since he took over the job in Afghanistan several months ago.
- The Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor took a hands-off approach, using the Associated Press story on the gaffe
- Cartoonist Jeff Danziger, one of America’s best, puts the event into pithy perspective (see below)
- Mike the Mad Biologist, who uses one of the greatest images for free speech as his avatar, lists Bachmann as “dumber than a sack of hammers”
- Even Little Green Footballs appears to take after Bachmann, but with an account that is, after all, just the facts