Best Villain (2009)

Michele Bachmann

The greatest villains are fun to hate and keep giving you new reasons to hate them. This is why Michele Bachmann, the great shame of the North Star State, is our best villain. We knew she was weird as far back as 2006 when she proclaimed herself "hot" for God and a "fool for Christ." But in the last year she has truly gone off the ideological deep end. During the 2008 campaign she called for a McCarthyesque investigation into which members of Congress were "anti-American," and earlier this year she broke out some Stillwater-style ebonics to praise GOP Chairman Michael Steele with "You be da man!" What Bachmann offers that other offensive and troubled public figures don't is the great guessing game about what's going to come out of her mouth next. But can she keep topping herself? It's almost worth re-electing her just to find out.

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