When Michele Bachmann announced she wasn’t going to run for re-election, my first assumption was that she would end up on Fox News as a “paid contributor.” After all, that seems to be part of the “retirement plan” for many former Republican members of Congress.
Well, that never happened. It appears even Fox News knows Bachmann is too damn crazy to promote publicly.
For example, a rant she went on following the Brussels terrorist attack where she essentially said that President Obama’s trip to Cuba might have been a sort of “breaking point” for God to “humiliate” President Obama for all of his supposed failures:
Maybe our president’s humiliation comes in a manner so devastating it makes one wonder whether the Creator of humankind isn’t reminding this world of the inferiority of foolishness in the face of wisdom.
The president once again mocked his nemesis, the Jewish people and the nation of Israel, by cleverly turning the international press corps toward his brilliant work in Cuba, instead of covering ongoing Islamic attacks against the Jewish state as outlined that very same day at the annual pro-Israel AIPAC meeting in Washington, D.C.
History changed less than 24 hours later in the blink of an eye, and the rug was pulled out from under his well-laid plans.
Obama’s slavish press corps was forced to turn their uncritical gaze from adoring him to revealing the newest carnage in Brussels.
Mind you, that was an op-ed she wrote for WND.com – a radical right-wing conspiracy site. It really is rather unsettling to think that a former member of Congress views a site like WND.com as credible “news.”
This is the sort of nonsense I’m talking about when I mock Republicans for pretending to be “shocked” that Donald Trump has become their party’s overwhelming frontrunner. Here we have a former member of Congress, tea party hero, and former presidential candidate basically suggesting that the Brussels attack was a plot by God against President Obama. To honestly and truly believe that isn’t just absurd – it’s insane.
Then again, this is also a woman who believes President Obama is hastening the end of the world. So this sort of incoherent rabble isn’t really all that surprising.
Because let’s look at what she’s really suggesting: That God killed innocent people simply to embarrass a president.
Is Bachmann still relevant? Sort of. Like Palin, she has a following and influence over the tea party faction of the Republican party. A faction that, based on current presidential results, has taken over a majority of the GOP.
So, while I know it’s easy to dismiss Bachmann as a washed-up nobody trying to stay relevant, it’s important to remember that she was one of the founding members of the movement that led to what we’re seeing today with the rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz within the Republican party. Because before Trump called most Mexican immigrants rapists, and before Cruz embraced the endorsement of a “kill the gays” pastor, Bachmann tried to blame a Minnesota woman’s rape on immigrants.
In many ways, tea party “pioneers” like Michele Bachmann are the “Founding Fathers” for the current embarrassing chaos we’ve witnessed transpire within the Republican party.
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