Bachmann's spin is making us dizzy
Rep. Michele Bachmann is spinning her interview on Hardball so much and in so many different directions that we aren't quite sure what is real anymore. This is probably her point. If you confuse people enough, they might just give up and stop caring. Clever.
First, she said her interview was "misread.'' Then, it was "misconstrued". Now? She said people's conclusions are flat out lies. You're not fooling anyone.
Bachmann spoke with conservative talk radio host John McCaslin Monday afternoon. Listen to the MP3 here. She is now saying she never questioned Obama's patriotism and never asked for an investigation into the patriotism of Congressional members. Uh... what?
Here is an excerpt from her interview:
"It is not true, I did not say that, and this is a case of a false accusation. It is amazing to me how the wind tunnel and spin can go around and around in an echo chamber. And this is simply a lie. I did not question Barack Obama's patriotism, I did not say he was anti-American. And the other accusation is that I was calling for members of Congress to be investigated on their anti-American views. That's absolutely a lie.''
Interesting. Here are excerpts from her interview on Hardball, which she seems to believed never really happened:
MR. MATTHEWS: So this is a character issue. You believe that Barack Obama may -- you're suspicious because of this relationship -- may have anti-American views. Otherwise it's probably irrelevant to this discussion.
REP. BACHMANN: Absolutely.
MR. MATTHEWS: So you believe it brings into --
REP. BACHMANN: I absolutely --
MR. MATTHEWS: So you believe that Barack Obama may have anti- American views.
REP. BACHMANN: Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views. That's what the American people are concerned about. That's why they want to know what his answers are. That's why Joe the plumber has figured so highly in the last few days --
MR. MATTHEWS: How many people in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti- American? You've already suspected Barack Obama. Is he alone, or are there others? How many do you suspect of your colleagues as being anti-American?
REP. BACHMANN: What I would say -- what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an expose like that.
Watch the video here:
Now we know there can be all sorts of spin on blogs and the mainstream media. But we don't see how she can say she never said these things. The media has a job of holding representatives accountable and we think they are doing just that. Own up to it, Bachmann. You're in a losing battle.