Michele Bachmann earns CNN's "wingnut of the year"

Michele Bachmann earns CNN's "wingnut of the year"

Who's worse when it comes to public policy grandstanding, fear mongering, ignorance and general slinging of bullshit? Sarah Palin, who thrashed Bachmann when it came to PolitiFact's "lie of the year" competition? Or our 6th district congresswoman, who has now bested the I-quit-before-my-term's-up former Alaska governor on CNN's "Wingnut of the year" list?

"For sheer tonnage of wingnuttery, we're giving the award to Michele Bachmann," CNN contributor John Avalon told host Kiran Chetry on Jan. 1., after a year of naming "wingnuts of the week."

Of all the nonsense she spouted over the course of the year -- City Pages' list of favorites is here -- Avalon picked this quote as the winner: "Where tyranny is enforced upon the people, as Barack Obama is doing, the people suffer and mourn."

And can you guess who she said that too? You know the answer, people. That's right. Sean Hannity.

"Some Republicans seem to confuse losing an election with living under tyranny," Avalon says. "And it's ended up creating a whole series of conspiracy theories that Michelle Bachman has had an unerring capacity to keep articulating."

Here's the video:

Avalon, by the way, is a former speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani. See what he has to say about Chuck Norris here.

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