It seems the idea of the factually-challenged congresswoman getting publicly schooled in civics and U.S. history by a child gratifies a deep, unspoken national yearning.
But just who is Bachmann's challenger? City Pages talked to her after school last week to find out.[jump]
Amy Myers is a 16-year-old sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, where she writes for the school newspaper. She loves All the President's Men, and credits it with deepening her interest in politics.
Her frustration with Bachmann boiled over when the Representative claimed the battles of Lexington and Concord took place in New Hampshire, rather than in Massachusetts."When she said that, we were just learning about that moment in my AP History class," Myers says. "She was just wrong. They're totally different regions."
Myers says she has nothing personal against Bachmann -- she just thinks her ceaseless stream of gaffes and inaccurate statements are an embarrassment to all women with political ambitions.
"It took until the 19th amendment for women to be able to vote, and now it seems like the most famous women in politics are kind of jokes," Myers says.
"You've got Christine O'Donnell, who's best known for her reputation as being a witch, then Sarah Palin, and the controversy with her and the shooting in Arizona, and then you've got Bachmann."
Bachmann may not realize it, Myers says, but her reputation as a truth-mangler makes it harder for young women to be taken seriously in politics.
"It seems like at school there's always a separation between what people think men can do and what women can do," Myers says. "If a girl says she wants to go into politics, people say 'Oh yeah, like Michele Bachmann?'"
That's why Myers wants a public debate and history quiz.
"I want to show that women still have independent thoughts," she says. "I want people to understand that any person can be strong."
Myers is interested in a career in politics herself. "But I'm also thinking of becoming an equine veterinarian," she says. "I have horses, and I just love them. I'm really interested in their anatomy and their skeletal structure."
In the meantime, weeks after she sent the debate challenge to Bachmann's office, she still hasn't heard back from the Representative. But she won't let Bachmann pretend she didn't receive it.
"I know she got it," Myers says. "I sent it with receipt confirmation so she couldn't say she didn't."