Representative Michele Bachmann, who, if you’re not familiar with her, is like Sarah Palin without the intellectual gravitas, was on Face the Nation yesterday with Bob Schieffer to announce the launch of her Presidential campaign. Schieffer, to his credit, took the opportunity to call the Tea Party favorite out on the many lies she’s told since entering Congress. Here, if you haven’t seen it, is the footage.
And, here, thanks to our friends at Crooks & Liars, is a bit of the transcript:
SCHIEFFER: I want to ask you about something else. A lot of your critics say you have been very fast and loose with the truth. You know, the po– PolitiFact, which is a website that won a Pulitzer, did an analysis of twenty-three statements that you made recently. Of these twenty-three, only one they said was completely true. Seven they call pants on fire kind of falsehoods. Four were barely true and two were half truths. How do you answer that criticism? Because here’s one of them, you know, you said on the record there had been only one offshore oil drilling permit during the Obama administration and, in fact at that time they had been two hundred and seventy. How do you explain that?
BACHMANN: Well, you know, I think that what is clear more than anything is the fact that President Obama does — has not been issuing the permits, that he should have been issuing on offshore drilling that’s–
SCHIEFFER: Well, it’s more than three hundred now.
BACHMANN: Well –
SCHIEFFER: At– at that time there had been two hundred and something. And you said there had been only one.
BACHMANN: But as far as drilling goes, we hadn’t been drilling what we need to– that’s why we just this week–
SCHIEFFER (overlapping): But that’s different, isn’t it?
BACHMANN: Well, that’s why this week it’s– it’s ironic and sad that the President released all of the oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve because the President doesn’t have an energy policy.
SCHIEFFER (overlapping): Do you think that was a good move?
BACHMANN: He has a politically correct environmental policy.
SCHIEFFER (overlapping): Was that a good thing?
BACHMANN: It was a very bad move. It put– it has made the United States more vulnerable. There’s only a limited amount of oil that we have in the Strategic Oil Reserve. It’s there for emergencies…
As you’ll notice, not only did she not answer Schieffer’s question about her pathological lie-telling, but, in the process of not answering, she told another lie. When she said that President Obama had “released all of the oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve,” she should have said that he released 30 million barrels of oil from our 727 million barrel reserve, or roughly 4 percent.
But it gets better… If you can believe it, the intellectually challenged candidate followed up today by officially launching her campaign in the home town of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The following comes from the Washington Times.
Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.
The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.
Mrs. Bachmann grew up in Waterloo, and used the town as the backdrop for her campaign announcement, where she told Fox News: “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.”…
I was sure when I first read the story that it was a bit of Onion-inspired satire, but apparently it’s true. Here’s the video.
Bachmann, in her defense, has since come out to say that, although the actor John Wayne never lived in Waterloo, his parents once did… which apparently is pretty much the same thing, at least by her standards.
And this woman, by the way, is currently polling second only to Romney among the Republican candidates. That should tell you something.