Posted by: Barry Bickmore | June 29, 2011

Michelle Bachmann… (snort)

Tea Party darling Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is one of those Republican presidential candidates who doesn’t think unlimited greenhouse gas emissions will be a problem.  On the House floor she once said that CO2 is “a natural byproduct of nature” and “there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas”.

I’ve concluded that we need this kind of person in the White House.  Bachmann not only has the faith to alter fundamental physics and the history of scientific publishing just by wishing, but she displays incredible poise under pressure.  Just witness how her campaign handled the bemusement of the sneering liberals after she recently expressed her desire to mimic a serial killer.  From the Minnesota Independent:

Presidential hopeful and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared to commit a large blunder Monday when, after she announced her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, she promised to “mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.”

However, according to The Washington Times, Bachmann misspoke because Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.

“Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too,” Bachmann said in an interview with FoxNews after her announcement.

According to an update by the AP, she really turned this around by acknowledging her error.

The GOP congresswoman told CNN today her comments “were just misspeaking” and that her main intent was to show she identified with Wayne’s patriotism.

“I wish I could be perfect,” Bachmann said. “I’m a substantive, serious person” who has “good sense on how to turn the economy around” as president.


  1. Apparently she lived in Waterloo until she was 12. How do you not know that the John Wayne who came from your hometown was a serial killer, not the actor? How far up your butt does your head have to be not to realize that? I guess as far up as it has to be to believe that there are no studies concluding that CO2 is harmful.

  2. Apparently it is actually in Iowa, and the name does begin with “W”; close enough for tea bagger “facts”:

  3. Michelle: “there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas”

    Try wikipedia article on Lake Nyos: “Lake Nyos suddenly emitted a large cloud of CO2, which suffocated 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock in nearby towns and villiges.”

  4. After seeing from Sarah Palin’s FOI’d e-mails how she was doing her governor business with her Yahoo e-mail account and her BlackBerry, I’m starting to wonder if a Bachmann presidency for the US might be a good idea.

    If, like Palin, she’s too dumb to even understand the forces that protect her own country, she may start doing things like writing nuclear launch codes on post-it stickers, and then … well, let’s just a say a miracle happens, and lulz ensue.

    The transition to national sanity won’t be neat and tidy, but I’m not sure there’s a better way.

    — frank

  5. Of course oxygen is a “natural byproduct of nature ” too. Should we be worried if we have too much of it? In high concentrations it can kill people. In low concentrations people would die as well. Of course, carbon dioxide in high concentrations is harmless, right?. Michele: Try putting your head in a paper bag and see what happens when you get too much CO2.

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