Michele Bachmann: The Year In Crazy
Rep. Michele Bachmann took us all on another ride aboard the crazy train this year, questioning the president's patriotism, defending BP, proclaiming herself the queen tea partier -- and winning re-election in the 6th congressional district.
Wingnut of the Year.
Here's a look back.
Bachmann started 2010 right by earning CNN's "Wingnut of the Year" title for all the inane things she said in 2009, especially this Sean Hannity-enabled quote: "Where tyranny is enforced upon the people, as Barack Obama is doing, the people suffer and mourn."
Bachmann gets a free pass from Sean Hannity again when she claims, wrongly, that there was a nefarious Democratic "trick" to ram health care reform down the throats of Republicans using the reconciliation process.
To show just how hard it is to juggle careers in Congress and on the Fox News set, she admitted to she's sponsored no significant legislation of her own. And Bachmann also called Obama the "first post-American president," whatever that means.
What was I talking about?
All that righteous indignation about the dishonest, breathtakingly unconstitutional, never-been-used-before reconciliation process being used to pass health care legislation? Bachmann admitted she had it all wrong, blaming the fumble on a "constitutional law guy that I know who also does research."
That triumph of fact over fiction was drowned out by the din of the impending Bachmann-Palin love fest and fundraiser scheduled for April in Minneapolis. The bald-faced money grubbing included an offer to charge donors $10,000 a pop for a photo op.
Michele Bachmann represents the 6th congressional district, but she had to come down to the big bad blue 5th in Minneapolis to raise a mountain of cash with Sarah Palin -- who doesn't actually represent anyone since she walked away from her job as Alaska's governor. Along with Sean Hannity -- there he was again! -- they packed the convention center. He thought they'd make a swell White House team. Fair and balanced, as always he later gave Bachmann $5,000.
Red meat flowed. But paranoia runs deep. Gangster government is afoot, and Bachmann also raised cash by claiming that Bill Clinton was trying to take her out.
You can't be too careful.
Demonstrating that up is down and black is white, she also called Net Neutrality, the principle of freedom from government and corporate interference on the Internet, an evil Obama censorship plot.
The theocrats never quit. One pet project: Turning the U.S. military into God's army, because God's on our side. Bachmann tried to insert language -- without debate -- into a military spending bill that would allow military chaplains to proselytize. House leaders caught wind of the gambit and the amendment never made it into the final bill. God bless 'em.
Also in May: Newsweek's Andrew Romano is assigned to follow Bachmann around as she campaigns for re-election. He wasn't impressed: "I'd initially believed that Bachmann, love her or hate her, was emblematic of a new, niche-media breed of politician," he wrote. "But it turns out that she's just a louder-mouthed version of the old model."
Every question asked of #Bachmann today was submitted via notecard. This is unusual. When a voter in Monticello spoke out, MB stiffed him.
British Petroleum's oil rig blows up and turns the Gulf of Mexico into the world's biggest toxic waste dump, and Michele Bachmann worries that BP, not the American people, is getting screwed: "If I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be."
When you read quotes like that, it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that fliers are going up around town that say, "F*ck Michele Bachmann."