Hey, welcome back from the weekend everybody. Did you wash down 4 hits of acid with a bottle of NyQuil on Saturday night? If so, you still made more sense on Sunday morning than Michele Bachmann, the Andy Kaufmann of politics, when she appeared on Bob Schieffer’s morning gossip circle. She was there to perform her one-woman show, Why Am I Here? — a question she could not answer.
Seriously, Bachmann shouldn’t be on TV, ever, for any reason. CBS knows she’ll say something completely insane and unhinged from reality. Yesterday was no exception. I didn’t watch her performance, but the people at CBS fact-checked her claims, and got a little sassy in the process. Bachmann’s flights-of-fancy, then CBS’s rebuttal:
“[N]ow we have the federal government taking over ownership or control of 51 percent of the American economy. This is stunning. Prior to September of 2008, 100 percent of the private economy was private.”
Ms. Bachmann offered no facts to back up her assertion that the government owns or controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.
Hahahaha, SO TRUE. But, then, she’s always been crazy. Just don’t invite her on the show until she starts making sense. Bachmann, confused as all hell, continued:
“I voted against the $700 billion bailout,” said Bachmann. “That was really the mother of purchasing out A.I.G., purchasing the banks, also purchasing Freddie and Fannie, purchasing GM and Chrysler. That hasn’t helped to turn our economy around. Remember, when President Obama told Congress you have to pass my trillion dollar bailout or we could get unemployment as high as 8 percent? Here we are still at 10 percent unemployment levels.”
Bachmann was presumably referring to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Mr. Obama signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009. The $787 billion stimulus bill is different from the TARP bank bailout signed by Mr. Bush. [emphasis added.]
She doesn’t even know what she voted for or voted against. That why I get so upset when people call Alan Grayson or Dennis Kucinich crazy — the “Michele Bachmann of the Left.” Bachmann is stupid, dangerous lunatic (or, if you prefer, stupid-dangerous lunatic), yet she gets invited on the Access D.C. like she’s someone whose opinion the country should treat with respect.
It’s good that CBS did this follow up, but given Bachmann’s previous record they must have been expecting some nonsense on this level. If our political/media landscape functioned as even the most elementary of meritocracies, Bachmann would be shamed and ostracized for spouting falsehood after falsehood. As it is, she’ll probably be back on one of those shows within the month.
She added, “The New England Journal of Medicine released a survey the week that President Obama signed Obamacare stating that over 30 percent of American physicians would leave the profession if the government took over health care. That’s very serious going forward.”
Damn you, Liberal Media!