The Crazy World of Michelle Bachmann

The world of extreme dichotomies that Michelle Bachmann lives in is shown clearly in her own recollection of the very moment she changed sides from Democrat to Republican:

“I was reading this snotty novel called Burr, by Gore Vidal and read how he mocked the founding fathers … and at that point, I put the book down in my lap …  I looked out the window and said, ‘You know what? I think I must be a Republican. I don’t think I am a Democrat. .'” YouTube  7:13–8:05

That’s probably the first and only time in history that anyone has believed that disagreeing with Gore Vidal and a work of fiction makes one a Republican. It looks as though she had turned the glossed over, blemish free, almost comic book like, representations of early American politicians, representations that we all learned in grade school, into such idols that she would rather alter her life than read an alternative view; one clearly labeled as fiction. And she’s now running for president of the United States.

Of course, for those that haven’t read it, the gag behind the novel Burr, is that Vidal took the most controversial of the American founding fathers, Aaron Burr, and displayed him as an astute gentleman, while displaying other highly revered founding fathers as scoundrels. Cute. But, who would have thought that this simple mental exercise would have broken Michelle Bachmann’s brain?

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