Friday, May 4, 2012

Catch of the Day

To Taegan Goddard, of the essential Political Wire, for flagging this as his Exchange of the Day:

Brody: You ran pretty much an impeccable campaign, in terms of a mistake-free campaign.
Bachmann: Thank you, it really was.
Brody: It pretty much was.
Bachmann: It really was, we were extremely careful, and we were almost mistake free, but for those two points, Elvis Presley's birthday and John Wayne's birthplace. I've apologized, and we moved beyond.
The whole interview is terrific. I have no idea whether Bachmann is delusional or just plays delusional on TV, but it's nice, I suppose, that her pose as leader of a nationwide movement has survived intact after it turned out that, well, she isn't. So for example Bachmann claims that her candidacy was responsible for Mitt Romney advocating for ACA repeal, which is, er...not remotely in touch with reality.

Of course, Bachmann and Brody's claim does raise the more important question: since she was knocked out after getting 5% in Iowa (her "home" state!), exactly how poorly would she have done if she hadn't run such an impeccable, mistake-free campaign?

Nice catch!


  1. Her only campaign mistakes was Elvis' birthday.
    Oh, and John Wayne's birthplace.
    Her only two campaign mistakes were Elvis & John Wayne.
    And the vaccine thing.
    And Lexington & Concord are in New Hampshire.
    And John Quincy Adams was a founding father.
    And swine flu only happens under Democrats.

    Amongst her campaign mistakes are such diverse elements as Elvis, John Wayne, vaccines, geography, JQ Adams, swine flue, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.

    1. Hey, Matt, nobody expected a Spanish Inquisition.

  2. You have to disentangle the candidate and the campaign to some extent. Sauron could run an impeccable, mistake free campaign and still lose because he was, you know, a giant unblinking eye.


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