Michele Bachmann: "I was the perfect candidate"
Michele Bachmann's once-promising bid for the GOP presidential nomination may have gone up in a ball of flames, but Our Favorite Congresswoman apparently doesn't believe she's at all responsible for the meltdown. In fact, she's perfect.
Over the weekend, Bachmann appeared on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital with Al Hunt." Hunt grilled her, to no avail, about which of the remaining GOPers she will endorse for the presidency.
But the interesting part of the interview occurred when Hunt asked her "Who is the more conservative of these four candidates left?"
"I was. I was the perfect candidate," Bachmann said.
While that isn't even a response to Hunt's question, the notion that Bachmann was "the perfect candidate" is so absurd that it might serve as the best evidence yet that she's simply not sane.
She made handfuls of gaffes during her ill-fated presidential run. A Washington Post piece from last November runs down just a few of the most famous ones:
Bachmann repeatedly, incorrectly said that the Revolutionary War began in New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts. She praised Waterloo, Iowa as the birthplace of John Wayne -- it was actually John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer. She wished Elvis a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death. She claimed, with no evidence, that the HPV vaccine can cause autism.
Just in case you're thinking we've taken her quote out of context to beat a dead horse, know that Bachmann actually reiterated that she was the perfect candidate. In response to Bachmann's self-aggrandizing non-answer, Hunt followed up with "Who's the second most conservative?"
"America had their chance with the perfect candidate," Bachmann said. "But any of our candidates are going to be acceptable to the American people."
So we had our chance, but presumably weren't prepared for Bachmann's perfection. Perhaps America will come around by 2016 -- if Michele doesn't lose her Congressional seat first.
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