Michelle Bachmann Is Back And More Unhinged Than Ever

February 18, 2009

Remember Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and her rant with Chris Matthews about how members of Congress need to be investigated to see who is patriotic and who is a traitor (and questioned Barack Obama’s patriotism – nothing new there)?

She had to tone it down a bit to get reelected, but now she’s back.

Steve Benen runs down her latest talking points in an interview on right-wing talk radio (is there any other kind of talk radio?):

“The whole interview is about 13 minutes long, but it’s worth listening to, if only to appreciate just how truly disturbed some far-right members of Congress have become.

Bachmann ‘explained’ to the host and Minnesota audience:

* ACORN is ‘under federal indictment for voter fraud,’ but the stimulus bill nevertheless gives ACORN ‘$5 billion.’ (In reality, ACORN is not under federal indictment and isn’t mentioned in the stimulus bill at all.)

* many members of Congress have ‘a real aversion to capitalism.’

* the stimulus bill includes a measure to create a ‘rationing board’ for health care, and after the bill becomes law, ‘your doctor will no longer be able to make your healthcare decisions with you.’

* the recovery package is part of a Democratic conspiracy to ‘direct’ funding away from Republican districts, so Democratic districts can ‘suck up’ all federal funds. Bachmann doesn’t think this will work because, as she put it, ‘We’re running out of rich people in this country.’

* the ‘Community-Organizer-in-Chief’ is also orchestrating a conspiracy involving the Census Bureau, which the president will use to redraw congressional lines to keep Democrats in power for up to ’40 years.’ When the host said he was confused, noting that congressional district lines are drawn at the state level, Bachmann said Obama’s non-existent plan is an ‘anti-constitutional move.’

There’s no point in trying to fact-check such unhinged stupidity, but I should note that none of this is in anyway grounded in reality. I should also note that we’re not talking about some strange nut screaming on a street corner; this is all coming from an elected member of Congress.

At one point, Bachmann told the host, ‘We are literally losing our country.’

Congresswoman, you’ve literally lost something, but I don’t think it’s your country.”

This may all seem like a laugh riot, but remember that these arguments would appear to be completely unobjectionable to a large segment of the American population. Seriously.

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One Response to “Michelle Bachmann Is Back And More Unhinged Than Ever”

  1. dummidumbwit said

    The country was lost with the Failure of the Salem witch trials and the Commies Socialist Nathaniel Hawthorne and his bleeding heart liberal Book the Scarlett Letter, I’m afraid?

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