Michele Bachmann’s Greatest Hits (And Misses) (VIDEOS)

Michele Bachmann may have seemed ‘invincible,’ but the critical mass of her confounding and cacophonous career appears to have finally caught up with her; here are the greatest hits;@Salon

Michele Bachmann may have seemed ‘invincible,’ but the critical mass of her confounding and cacophonous career appears to have finally caught up with her; following are her ‘Greatest Hits’ @Salon


With the news of Michele Bachmann’s retirement, we must acknowledge that we have lost a great one… for mining comedic gold. I can hear the moans of pain from Letterman and Leno, Fallon and Ferguson; Kimmel, Conan and Maher. There will certainly be other politicians who will provide fodder for the late night comic crowd – there always are – but our ‘Shelley’ had a certain je ne se qua, a middle-American quality that set her apart.

With her first big moment on Hardball With Chris Matthews, we knew she would be entertaining. With one statement, she flew to the top of our Most Crazy list. Just watch Chris’ expression as Michelle calls for investigating Congress…. here’s the video:

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When Obama was elected, Bachmann had some things she could sink her teeth into, lying through them as she went:

“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.” (Source)

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration.” (Source)

“This (the 2009 stimulus bill) is a pork buffet, and the American people caught on when they saw all the political payoffs in the bill, and they rejected it.” (Source)

Her hatred of the Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare” by the right, moved her to propose bills and vote to repeal it 37 times. What’s the definition of insanity? Her last desperate attempt to repeal the ACA she left in God’s hands. Looks like God likes Obamacare.

Global warming? Michele isn’t a believer:

“The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all Voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.” And “Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. Carbon dioxide is natural.”

But the pinnacle of Bachmann’s career was undoubtedly her run for president in 2012. She geared up for that early on, spending much of 2010 and 2011 campaigning. Some of her best gaffes occurred during that period. In New Hampshire, she spoke about how the opening shots of the Revolutionary War were fired there. She wanted South Carolinians to join her in wishing Elvis a happy birthday… on the anniversary of his death. According to Bachmann, not only was John Quincy Adams one of the Founding Fathers, but he, and they, fought hard to destroy slavery. Wrong again. And her stop in Waterloo, Iowa was the occasion of her mistaking John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer, with John Wayne, the American icon. Watch this great bit of oops… here’s the video:

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When allegations about her accepting subsidies for her family farm came up, as she railed against other folks getting government help, she lied:

“The farm is my father-in-law’s farm. It’s not my husband’s and my farm. It’s my father-in-law’s farm and my husband and I have never gotten a penny of money from the farm.”

Her campaign was full of gaffes and outright lies and it was a blow to all of us (okay, just us political writers) when she dropped out of the presidential race in January of 2012. Politifact had kept track of her statements and there were an unsurprising number of false and pants-on-fire ratings there for her. But that didn’t faze Shelley. After one particularly egregious batch of falsehoods in a primary debate, she actually said that Politifact confirmed “that everything I said was true.” Only they didn’t.

And who can forget her response on behalf of the Tea Party to Obama’s State Of The Union Address in January of 2011? Here’s the video:

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Her opposition to marriage equality didn’t save her state from joining the rest of us in realizing that equal means equal, no exceptions. Michele was butthurt:

“This will change our state forever. Because the immediate consequence, if gay marriage goes through, is that K-12 little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal, natural and perhaps they should try it.”

And her views on the minimum wage left us facepalming:

“If we took away the minimum wage — if, conceivably, it was gone — we could virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

Here at Addicting Info, we have covered many of Bachmann’s gaffes and scandals. We reported on her being investigated for various campaign ethics violations such as not paying her staff, claims of a creepy relationship with her debate coach, a stolen email list, and other ethics violations. We followed her comments about President Obama being wrapped up in the “Islamist agenda.” Her obsession with Benghazi is legendary and didn’t escape us, though Shelley tried to escape a reporter asking her about comments she’d made about the subject. Bachmann’s presence on the House Intelligence Committee was covered. Her latest appearance at CPAC and her hilarious ideas about curing Alzheimers were highlights in March. Heck, one of my first pieces was on Bachmann’s tenuous grasp on reality when it came to the UN and Obama.

There’s no denying that Michele Bachmann made a great target. Her craziness, her lack of a filter, her revisionist history and her complete and utter indifference to her gaffes and lies… these are what we will remember about Michele Bachmann. As she bows out of her Congressional tenure, we wish her well. I suspect that she will be availing herself of “wingnut welfare,” winding up in a think tank, working for a huge corporation or as a “pundit” on Fox News. Whichever way she goes, I’m sure we have not heard the last batshit crazy remark from her. See ya around, Shelly!