Michele Bachmann loses "Lie of the Year" again


After getting trounced last year by Sarah Palin, we really thought she had a shot this time around.

But once again, Michele Bachmann has been been stiff-armed by the readers of PolitiFact's annual "Lie of the Year" competition.

Her whopper:


"The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day."

It just wasn't big enough. She'll have to settle for runner-up.

The 2010 "Lie if the Year" title goes, instead, to:

ObamaCare is a "government takeover" of health care.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch, R-Wis.; "and others" take home the prize. They won 43.9 percent of the vote. Bachmann garnered just 19.2 percent.

The health care lie was also picked for first place by PolitiFact's editors, who noted that the expression was weaponized for deployment against the health care reform bill by Republican operative Frank Luntz.

Bachmann knows a thing or two about government takeovers, of course. She's insisted that Barack Obama has engineered the government takeover of not just health care, but the the entire U.S. economy -- and been debunked soundly.