Michele Bachmann's 10 biggest "Oh no she didn't" moments
There's no doubt she's the Wicked Witch of the Midwest. The only question is: How can someone so wrong in so many ways get elected? It's been a crazy ride through the Aughts with Ms. Bachmann - come along for a trip back through the high--or should we say low--lights.
10. It Begins...
Before Michele Bachmann secured her place in the pantheon of wingnuttery, she was a virtual unknown waging a state-level crusade against same sex marriage. What separated her from other like-minded social conservatives were the theatrics she employed to draw attention to
herself the issue. Her unofficial coming-out party arrived on March 22, 2004, during an otherwise perfunctory committee hearing. Thousands of anti-gay marriage rally had coalesced at the state capitol that afternoon,100 of which filed inside the Capitol building and took their place in the Senate gallery overlooking the proceedings. With a crowd on hand, Bachmann issued a motion to bypass the committee and have the floor vote on the bill right then and there--a highly unusual move in state Senate proceedings. Even more bizarre: While making her case, she addressed not the Senate floor as per protocol, but the gallery above. The move turned more than a few heads among her colleagues and portended Bachmann's outlandish, rabble-pandering rhetorical style.
9. That one time she wouldn't stop touching the president
It's understandable that one could be overwhelmed when meeting someone as awesome as George W. Bush. That's the only excuse we can come up with as to why Michele Bachmann couldn't take her hands off him for a good 30 seconds after his 2007 State of the Union Address. It was a bizarre mix of fangirl and politics, which should never mix.
April 8, 2005: When Bachmann tried to force a floor vote to create a state constitutional amendment to ban civil unions for gay couples, the Senate told her to take a hike. So she did -- outside to the Capitol grounds, where she spent an unknown amount of time lurking behind the shrubbery, spying on the rally OutFront Minnesota organized to protest her homophobic legislative tendencies. Her excuse: she was just sitting to rest because her heels were killing her. Right.
7. Bachmann appears on Saturday Night Live
September 17, 2009: OK, it wasn't really Michele Bachmann, just the eerily accurate Kirsten Wiig. In the sketch, Wiig-as-Bachmann suggests a lengthier denunciation of Obama than just "You lie!" Bachmann's appearance among the plotters signaled that she had truly made the leap from local kook to national nutjob.
6. Bachmann suggests schools might offer abortion field trips under Obamacare
September 30, 2009: Republicans did everything possible to demonize Obama's health care plan, but Michele Bachmann truly stretched credulity to its limit when she went on a tirade questioning whether someone's 13-year-old daughter could go to a sex clinic and be spirited away for an abortion, then sent home on a school bus, with parents none the wiser. Bachmann may be a lousy congresswoman, but she makes a great Sci-Fi writer.
5. Bachmann links swine flu to evil Democrats
Don't get her wrong. Bachmann's not saying Democrats, like, cooked up a batch of Swine Flue in an underground lab before unleashing it on the populace to divert the masses from the flailing economy. That'd be crazy. No. She just finds it "interesting" that--this is a real quote--"in the 1970s the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence." Even more interesting: the previous outbreak Bachmann speaks of occurred not during Carter's adminstration, but Gerald Ford's.
4. Michele is a liar-liar pants on fire
Politifact nominated one of Bachmann's truth-challenged, socialism-panic-button moments over health care reform for its " lie of the year " award.
She says to Sean Hannity: "It says specifically that people can't purchase private health insurance after a date certain, which means people will ultimately go into a single-payer plan where it is government providing health care and only one single government system."
Actually: "We not only find that she is misinterpreting that one page, but that she's also distorting the other 1,989 pages of a bill that would construct a system largely based on private health insurance. Her claim is a serious misrepresentation of a plan that relies on a marketplace of private coverage."
3. Surprise! Bachmann doesn't know the constitution
"It's laughable on its face" for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to suggest that it's unconstitutional for Congress to defund ACORN, Bachman said recently. "If we can make laws, we can certainly take away laws."
"The question here is only whether the Constitution allows [Congress] to declare that a single, named organization is barred from all federal funding in the absence of a trial," U.S. District Court Judge Gershon wrote in an injunction opinion issued Dec. 11. "It does not."
2. Bachmann blurts out, "You be da Man, Michael Steele!"
There's nothing more embarrasing than a middle-aged woman speaking ebonics, proven when Bachmann big-upped the chair of the Republican National Committee during the CPAC conference last March. You go on with your bad self, gurl! Ugh.
1. Bachmann calls for an investigation into "Anti-American" members of Congress
On Oct. 17, 2008, just three weeks before the election, Bachmann did her best Joseph McCarthy during an appearance on "Hardball With Chris Matthews." She told a baffled Matthews that she was "very concerned that [President Obama] has anti-American views" and went on to say, "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out if they are pro-America or anti-America." The statements compelled viewers across the country to dump $750,000 into Democratic challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg's coffers over the course of 72 hours. But the boost was too little too late. Bachmann slithered back into the office by three percentage points, much to the delight of far-right social conservatives and nonsense-connoisseurs alike.
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