Crazypants Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann told Chris Matthews on Hardball that she wishes 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," implying that all liberals are some level of anti-American. In the wake of what turned out to be a flood of donations for her opponent, she'd like to take it all back. Actually, she'd like us to know that she never actually said it in the first place and that down is up and back is forth.Bachmann finally realized that maybe calling for a new era of McCarthyism in which one demonizes one's political opponents and calsl them traitors and un-American (where might she have gotten that idea?) doesn't play well with more than just lefties who hate America. But instead of apologizing, she just blames it all on other people.
Despite the way the blogs and the Democratic Party are spinning it, I never called all liberals anti-American, I never questioned Barack Obama’s patriotism, and I never asked for some House Un-American Activities Committee witch hunt into my colleagues in Congress.
We can go back to the tape, but she called his views and associations un-American, implied strongly that all liberals are anti-American (some more than others) and, indeed, called for an "exposé" into which of her Congressional colleagues held un-American views. It's on tape, which that means people can see her doing it over and over again, if they want to. She then goes onto say, with little sense of irony after having used her column space to bash Obama for Wright and Ayers:
But when you can’t win on the issues, you steal the election with a couple of lies and $1 million worth of mud. And the media reports and Democrat responses to my interview on “Hardball” have been echoing the outright lies of the liberal blogs. Is it really any wonder people are so cynical about politics?
I can't speak for Real Americans, since I apparently stopped being one when I moved away from the small, rural town I grew up in because there were no actual jobs there, but I'm cynical about politics because I watch politicians like her say one thing, bullshit that they didn't say it and then watch people swallow that bullshit like it's actual ambrosia because they all share a political party with one another and hatred and contempt for the people who don't. But that's just me. Bachmann's also completely unironically mad that most of the money for El Tinklenberg is coming from outside the district and outside of Minnesota in the wake of her crazy comments — despite the fact that she was elected in 2006 using money from outside the district and outside of Minnesota. That lack of self-awareness among politicians is another thing that makes me cynical about politics, just for the record. In a small silver lining, the $800,000 that Tinklenberg raised from people who think it's a little beyond the pale for a sitting Congresswoman to question the Americanism of every single person that disagrees with her politically has enabled him to buy his first television ad of the entire cycle. No, he's not using it to re-run the Bachmann interview — luckily, the more she talks about it and tries to defend it, the more the real media will do it for him. Michele Bachmann Channels McCarthy: Obama "Very Anti-American," Congressional Witch Hunt Needed [Huffington Post] Uproar Over Bachmann's Comments "No Longer Partisan," Says Challenger [Huffington Post] 'I Never Called All Liberals Anti-American' [Politico] The Bachmann Effect [Politico]