Michele Bachmann Big Win Should Scare Us All

Rep. Michele Bachmann has done the seemingly impossible. She has made herself a real contender in the 2012 Presidential election after winning the Ames, Iowa straw poll Saturday, besting Ron Paul by almost 200 votes.

The straw poll may only be the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans, but it was important enough to cause Tim Pawlenty to drop out of the race. And now it seems the woman whose candidacy was a joke months ago may actually be in the running for the Republican nomination.

It is pretty scary when you think about it.

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On the surface, it may appear to be a victory for women, but Michele Bachmann is hardly supportive of women. She has publicly admitted that the only reason she went for her tax law degree was because her husband Marcus Bachmann told her to.

Also, she is frighteningly uneducated on historical facts and general knowledge about our country. She thought the nation's founders "worked tirelessly against slavery" when the fact is, both Washington and Jefferson were slave owners.

It goes on. She became the first presidential candidate to put her name on a pledge that was basically pro slavery (and anti almost every other freedom happy people ought to enjoy). She compared American taxpayers to Holocaust victims. She confused John Wayne, the actor, with John Wayne Gacy, the SERIAL KILLER of little boys (no, I am not kidding).

Worst of all, she, who would be President, thinks the American Revolution started in New Hampshire. When speaking at an event organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, she said:

What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors.

As one from Massachusetts, this one is particularly egregious. Look, I get it. All people make gaffes, they say dumb things. Almost any candidate could have a soundbite or two that makes them look moronic. But she lives her life that way. She is a walking punchline.

And now she might be the President of the United States. She could actually represent all of us as our leader at major meetings with foreign heads of state. We will be a laughing stock. Maybe we already are.

How on Earth could this happen?

 

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