Bachmann afternoon update: She stepped into a trap and it snapped her campaign


Rep. Michele Bachmann continues to spin! We report one spin and by the time we turn around, we are vomiting again.

Speaking to a business group in St. Cloud Tuesday, Bachmann said the media set a trap for her and gosh darn it, she stepped right into it. She was totally duped! Wait, we thought she just said she never said any of it in the first place?

More from the Star Tribune:

Addressing a business group in St. Cloud, Bachmann said: "I did not, nor do I, question Barack Obama's patriotism. I didn't say that Barack Obama was anti-American nor do I believe that Barack Obama is anti-American."

Since appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball" Friday, Bachmann has been saying that her comments to host Chris Matthews were misunderstood. On Tuesday she blamed Matthews for setting the stage for a nationwide controversy that has followed her remarks on his show.

In a talk to the Rotary Club of St. Cloud Tuesday, Bachmann said that she made a mistake appearing on Matthews' show, which she said she was unfamiliar with.

"I had never seen his show before," she said. "I probably should have taken a look at what the show was like. A trap was laid and I stepped into it."

While Bachmann told the luncheon crowd of 100 that she didn't question Obama's patriotism, she added: "I'm very concerned about Barack Obama's views. I don't believe that socialism is a good thing for America."

Other news from the Bachmann hoopla:

Elwyn Tinklenberg's campaign to unseat Rep. Michele Bachmann just hit $1 million in donations in 96 hours since she appeared on Hardball, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

MPR also reports that Bachmann received a boost in donations as well, but they haven't released an exact amount.

The national media continues to cover Bachmann's interview backlash, noting her complete obsession with invading people's living rooms with her frightening smile. Politico has a story about Bachmann's obsession with national media. Or the national media's obsession with waiting for her to say something totally crazy on their show:

To be on Bachmann's press e-mail listserv these last few months is to see her determined, deliberate march to the top of the cable news booker list. It's Bachmann on Larry King, Bachmann on Bloomberg, Bachmann on Cavuto, Bachmann on O'Reilly, Bachmann on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Bachmann, Bachmann everywhere.

The congresswoman has been on national cable news shows at least 23 times since the beginning of September, a scheduled guest of Larry King's on seven occasions.

She is very good at what she does," explains Michelle Marston, Bachmann's chief of staff, who is on leave to serve as the congresswoman's reelection campaign spokeswoman. "Once we got her on these national media outlets and she could show how well she presents the conservative argument and how she can put a fresh face and perspective [on it], they started calling her back."

A Minnesota GOP operative close to Bachmann casts the congresswoman's love for the camera in a less positive light.

I think that she's a media hound first and foremost," said the operative. "That has been her biggest goal from Day One: to be in the media spotlight, to be a representative who is the spokesman for the Republican Party -- and she's made that a very concerted effort, to be in the spotlight as much as possible.

"Why would Larry King or Chris Matthews want to have her on? Precisely because of what happened on Friday."

That quote is spot on. Crazy people saying crazy things means big ratings. Very simple!

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