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Michele Bachmann’s perfect storm of weekend soundbites

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Well, we all had a good time being distracted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm/News Outlet Ratings Godsend Irene. But now it's Monday, the coffee's brewing, and there's muck to be raked. Rick Perry might be garnering a lot of ink for that whole "Social Security is a Ponzi scheme" statement, but I'm here to tip the scales back to my personal favorite GOP candidate, Michele Bachmann, whose Florida trip provided all of us with some wonderfully illuminating quotes. 

First, she referred to the U.S. as "the king daddy dogs when it comes to energy," which, aside from being debatable, is one of the more bizarre turns of phrase I've ever heard. Then she promised to kill the Environmental Protection Agency and just drill the hell out of the "mother lode of treasure" that is the U.S.'s untapped natural gas, coal, and oil deposits, so, you know, there's that.

So, talking like a Gold Rush-era prospector, check. But what of Irene, Michele? Certainly you've got thoughts on that.

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians… We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

I guess the irony of referencing hurricanes and morbid obesity in a state constantly beset by hurricanes that also boasts an obesity rate of twenty-seven percent was lost on her.

Then, speaking from a local sub shop in Jacksonville, Bachmann started a sentence with "Can you imagine if good businesses like Subway," before being drowned out by the crowd yelling "Angie's," the name of the sandwich place she was actually in.

Oh, Michele. Don't ever change.