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You may or may not be aware that Michele Bachmann has officially jumped into the Republican presidential primary. The folks at the beltway press covered this fact like it was news. Even though everyone knew Bachmann was going to enter the race. She even provided the date she was going to make the announcement. But, somehow her announcement was still big news. Even more troubling are the new poll numbers. Again, the beltway press has been all over Bachmann’s poll numbers. She is leading in Iowa. And this is somehow big news.
The real big news is how Bachmann cannot even get American history correct. First she made a big deal about her announcement being in John Wayne’s hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Oops, wrong John Wayne, Congresswoman. The John Wayne that grew up in Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer. So, be proud that you share a hometown with a serial killer. Before the ink had even dried on that story, Bachmann said something stupid again.
Bachmann made an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday and was given an opportunity to try to correct her comments that she made earlier in the year about the nation’s founding fathers and the abolishment of slavery. Instead of correcting any errors, Bachmann simply made more idiotic remarks. And this is who is leading the polls in Iowa? Really? George Stephanopoulos asked the congresswoman about her comments where she stated that the founding fathers worked “tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” He pointed out that many early leaders, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, in fact had slaves and that slavery wasn’t abolished until the Civil War.
Bachmann: Well you know what’s marvelous is that in this country and under our constitution, we have the ability when we recognize that something is wrong to change it. And that’s what we did in our country. We changed it. We no longer have slavery. That’s a good thing. And what our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world.
Stephanopoulos: I agree with that…
Bachmann: That’s what people want…they realize our government is taking away our freedom.
Stephanopoulos: But that’s not what you said. You said that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery.
Bachmann: Well if you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery…
Stephanopoulos: He wasn’t one of the Founding Fathers – he was a president, he was a Secretary of State, he was a member of Congress, you’re right he did work to end slavery decades later. But so you are standing by this comment that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery?
Despite all of her flubs, Bachmann still honestly told CNN on Tuesday morning that she is a serious candidate and that Barack Obama fears her. “I’m introducing myself now to the American people so that they can know that I have a strong academic scholarly background, more important I have a real life background.”