As Mitt Romney quietly smiles, the news of Michele Bachmann's comments on the conservative Jay Sekulow Live radio show yesterday continues through its course of loud, digital whispering across the internet. When asked about what people were telling her on the campaign trail, Bachmann mentioned the obvious concerns about jobs and the economy, but also said, "What people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union, and our loss militarily going forward."

Since the Soviet Union collapsed and formed into fifteen separate republics twenty years ago, Americans really shouldn't fear our former Cold War foe. But sarcasm aside, this is a "serious" presidential candidate who continues to make troubling statements and faux pas. 

Running for president is a tough gig, and not everyone can be Oscar Wilde or Samuel Johnson all the time. But wishing Elvis a "happy birthday" on the anniversary of his death this week is almost an act of cultural heresy, if not a sin. The John Wayne geography mix-up can be glossed over, but thinking that the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord had taken place in New Hampshire, and now talking about fearing the Soviet Union (which you can see from Alaska) as if it were some kind of ploy to increase defense spending, has to give one pause. 

Even Bachmann opponents must enjoy her presence in the race, as she provides entertainment that her boring fellow candidates just can't match. But these distractions don't serve anyone's best interests.

Commentarium (45 Comments)

Aug 19 11 - 1:19pm

And despite that, I would say the majority of Americans would vote for her because our stupidity is increasing at the speed of light.

Aug 19 11 - 2:26pm
Crazy Train

Idiocracy is much closer to reality than Mike Judge predicted.

Aug 19 11 - 2:49pm

I'd say it's increasing at the speed of fright.

Aug 19 11 - 2:24pm

She has missed the point entirely. We all need to fear the Japs. They will kill us and make teriyaki and unagi. Wan chang michi bang. Wanti fucki longi time.

Aug 19 11 - 2:42pm
Nerve Conservatrolls

Oh, Nerve is so misogynistic! Shame on them for picking on poor Michelle Bachman!! Nerve must hate women! Blah blah blah...

Aug 19 11 - 2:58pm

As Bart Simpson once put it: "Only in America!"

Aug 19 11 - 2:59pm

Can America PLEASE give control of the world back to Britain or someone? How about Sweden or Canada? They're due to start swinging some home runs.

Aug 19 11 - 4:10pm

Canada doesn't want America.

Aug 19 11 - 4:10pm
Cold Warrior

We do need to be concerned about Russia. They may not be our enemy like they once were, but they're not exactly our friend either. If nothing else, there's only so much oil in the world, and they want it too. That said, the next president does need to be a bit more careful about what she says. As the previous president might have put it: "Is our candidates learning?"

Aug 19 11 - 9:39pm
Troll Alert!!

Cold Warrior is a troll!! Everything is wonderful in Obama's America!! The World loves us!! The sea levels are receding and temperatures are falling!!

It's entirely due to Obama!! Everything is fine!! Better than fine!! Anyone who says different should be put into a concentration camp, uh, I mean a re-education camp!!

Deutchland, Deutchland, Uber Alles!!!

Aug 20 11 - 12:39am
Troll Alert!!

I don't realize that people are laughing at me, not with me.

Aug 20 11 - 9:11am
Troll Alert!!

And someone doesn't realize that I don't give a shit.

Aug 20 11 - 2:38pm
Troll Alert!!

Maybe if I don't give a shit I could go back to Fox "News" comments.

Aug 20 11 - 6:30pm
Troll Alert!!

That doesn't even make sense. I'm shocked.

Aug 21 11 - 12:00am
Troll Alert!!

I'm shocked that I can't understand something. The other people continue to laugh...

Aug 21 11 - 6:42am
Troll Alert!!

And Troll Alert continues to miss the point entirely.

Aug 21 11 - 6:51am
Troll Alert!!

Oh, no! Nervetards are laughing at me? How will I ever cope? :)

Aug 21 11 - 4:19pm

"Nervetards." I like that.

Aug 21 11 - 10:47pm

Anyboddy not conservaslobbered iz a 'tard.

Aug 21 11 - 11:37pm

oh you guys... Let's go get some frosty chocolate milkshakes and make up

Aug 22 11 - 10:31pm
Troll Alert!!

I would but it's after the troll's bedtime and his mom won't let him out of the house.

Aug 24 11 - 1:55pm
Troll Alert!!

I am a living example of transference.

Aug 25 11 - 6:38pm
Troll Alert!!

You are, among other things.

Aug 20 11 - 4:06pm

I'll spare everyone the whole 'Gog' and 'Magog' references but oil is in deep kim-chee, Putin is making noises about the US (talk about an old KGB hand who misses his old job), and the Chinese have announced that economic warfare against the US is now 'acceptable'. (Kind of like Mastercard calling you to collect)

Michelle may be wrong in the details but not off in the big picture.; Bottom line, we're fracked.

Aug 20 11 - 6:31pm

Well, we were screwed but now we have Obama. Except for a run of bad luck, we'd be back to 4% unemployment and world leadership.

Bottom line: We so need to get some adult leadership in place.

Aug 21 11 - 12:03am

Bottom line: As a child, I need "adult" leadership. That only happens after daddy votes the grownups with their teabagger halloween costumes into office.

Aug 21 11 - 6:43am

Don't worry, we'll clean up Obama's mess. It was this way after Carter, it'll be this way in Jan 2013.

Aug 21 11 - 2:31pm

I'm with stupid.

Aug 21 11 - 4:19pm

Even when you're alone, you're in the company of stupidity. Nervetard.

Aug 21 11 - 10:45pm

Better watch out, 'cause I'm a tough guy on the internetz.

Aug 21 11 - 11:39pm

c'mon now, what is this? 6th grade?

Aug 22 11 - 10:32pm

You're not a tough guy anywhere, bitch.

Aug 23 11 - 4:18pm

Oh yeah!? *puffs out chest* -->insert meaningless challenge or homophobic comment here<---

Aug 20 11 - 7:27pm

Is there at least one political figure out there that is not a total fucking space cadet.

Aug 20 11 - 9:44pm

Jimmy McMillian; because the rent IS too damn high!!

Aug 21 11 - 6:43am

That would be me.

Aug 21 11 - 2:32pm

I'd love to make sure your kids don't learn any science!

Aug 21 11 - 4:20pm

As if the [fill in the blank]-studies majors know anything about science!

Aug 25 11 - 1:05pm

As if Rick Perry knows anything about anything!

Aug 21 11 - 11:40pm

Luke Skywalker for prez 2012

Aug 22 11 - 10:32pm
Luke Skywalker

Yeah, that whole turning-into-Darth-Vader thing doesn't poll well.

Nov 20 11 - 9:29am

Weeeee, what a quick and easy sloutoin.

Nov 20 11 - 12:58pm

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Nov 24 11 - 2:34pm

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