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Watch: GOP Audience Gasps as Michelle Bachmann Tells Them She Was Once a Democrat, Worked for Jimmy Carter


At a speech to Michigan Republicans in Troy on Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) elicited gasps from the audience as she told them she was once a Democrat.

Michelle Bachmann says she was a "fair-minded Democrat" who worked on Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign (and danced at his inaugural ball before she read a "snotty" novel by Gore Vidal that she perceived as mocking the Founding Fathers.

"And as a reasonable, decent, fair-minded person who happened to be a Democrat, I thought, 'You know what? What he's writing about, this mocking of people that I revere, and the country that I love, and that I would lay my life down to defend -- just like every one of you in this room would, and as many of you in this room have when you wore the uniform of this great country -- I knew that that was not representative of my country."

"And at that point I put the book down and I laughed. I was riding a train. I looked out the window and I said, 'You know what? I think I must be a Republican. I don't think I'm a Democrat.'"


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  1. she let ONE BOOK 'change' her? then she never had strong convictions to begin with.

    Posted by: ACe | Dec 31, 2010 6:11:38 PM

  2. Shes apparently been telling one version or another of this story for years.

    To paraphrase Woody Allen in Hannah and Her Sisters: "You don't deserve Gore Vidal."

    Posted by: Mike Friedman | Dec 31, 2010 9:17:49 PM

  3. So, reading a novel by Gore Vidal turned her from a Democrat into a Republican. I can see how that might happen, given that Vidal was the Chairman of the Democratic Party for many years.

    Oh wait...

    Posted by: MajorTom | Dec 31, 2010 11:57:31 PM

  4. She thinks all Democrats are like Gore Vidal? That's patently moronic.

    Posted by: ophu | Jan 1, 2011 1:40:32 AM

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