She says one thing to reporters and then another to her conservative radio buddies. We can't keep all of her different statements straight because frankly we don't think any of them line up. We all play to the crowd, but seriously? It's like watching a really bad car crash.
The National Republican Congressional Committee isn't going to stand by as her campaign tumbles. According to Minnesota Public Radio, NRCC canceled the TV ads it scheduled on Bachmann's behalf at KSTP, WCCO, Fox 9 and KARE-11.
MPR does note that the committee canceled this week's ads before Bachmann made her Hardball appearance. They did cancel next week's buy on Monday, but no word on if her statements prompted it.
When MinnPost contacted Bachmann's campaign, they were unaware of the NRCC drop.
Read more of the fun and juicy details we've collected over night after the jump.
Here is the audio from Bachmann's appearance on the Mike Gallagher program:
Read the transcript on Think Progress. Here are some excerpts:
And they can't take it because the point is what are Barack Obama's policies? Are they for America or will they be against traditional American ideals and values? And I'll tell you what. Punishing tax rates, redistribution of wealth, socialized medicine, inputing censorship in the form of the un-Fairness Doctrine and taking away the secret ballot from the worker has nothing to do with traditional American values. That's why your listeners need to know. Otherwise the United States may be literally changed forever. If Barack Obama becomes the next president, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, Harry "We lost the war" Reid, the head of the Senate. And then they have the power to appoint three more Ruth Bader Ginsburgs to the Supreme Court. What are we going to do then?
Former Republican Sen. Dave Durenberger had some things to say about Bachmann in his newsletter:
YOU AIN'T SEEN VULGAR UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN MICHELLE Sarah Palin - and John McCain - have the good judgment to let others question Barack Obama's patriotism while they simply say "he pals around with terrorists." Minnesota 6th district Congresswoman Michelle Bachman is more straightforward. She tells Chris Matthews on MSNBC" I'm very concerned that he (Obama) may have anti-American views." Bachman, you may recall, is famous for blaming Jesus and a Minnesota mega-church for telling her to be a member of Congress; for kissing President Bush on his way out of the House chamber after his 2007 State of the Union address; and for pulling the rug out from under the House effort to rescue our financial system and driving the Dow down a record 785 points. Now, she wants the media to investigate the "anti-American views" of members of Congress. Obviously, everyone who disagrees with her views. This is the "vulgarism" of which Noonan speaks. Thanks to the media we know the voters of the 6th District will do America no favors by returning her to Congress next month.
And her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg is happy as a clam. Watch this video from The Uptake:
But other Republicans are standing by the idea that Chris Matthews is so smart that he tricked a professional politician to say something she didn't mean. Uh...
"Chris Matthews tried to trick her into that question over and over again in that interview," Souder said. "Unfortunately, in her last comment, she fell for the trap."
Chris Matthews fired back after Bachmann blamed him for her misstatement, according to the Star Tribune:
Defending herself against the verbal miscues Friday that ignited a media storm and stuffed the coffers of her Democratic challenger, Bachmann told the St. Cloud Rotary Club yesterday that Matthews set the stage to make inflammatory remarks about Barack Obama.
"A trap was laid, but I stepped into it," she said. "I made a misstatement. I said a comment that I would take back."
Responding to the charge that he baited Bachmann into saying that Obama "may have un-American views," Matthews said, "If you read the transcript, I just asked the questions. Her answers speak for themselves."
Here is an interview he did last night on the Late Late Show where he mentions Bachmann:
If Bachmann isn't reelected, we hope she takes some sort of public office. We can't sit still thinking about what she might say next.