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Rachel Maddow Reviews Michele Bachmann's Greatest Hits: VIDEO


Or misses, as the case may be.

But Maddow also notes that while it's easy to laugh at Bachmann and dismiss her, it's important to remember the influence she had within her own party, and Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone quote:

"You will want to laugh, but don't, because the secret of Bachmann's success is that every time you laugh at her she gets stronger."

Adds Maddow: "Michele Bachmann over the course of her career has been like an exploratory probe to find the edge of the possible in Republican Party politics."


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  1. Let's hope she became too crazy, even for repubs

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 30, 2013 12:03:25 PM

  2. here are fish, here is barrel, shoot them Rachel. They'll come up with another crazy.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | May 30, 2013 12:08:06 PM

  3. She pulling a Palin.

    Michelle Bachmann will make more money and face less opposition by preaching from a pulpit than from the Senate floor. She's perfect for the hate circuit, CPAC, televangelism, or Faux News. She might follow Rick Santorum as the invitee at Grosse Point High graduation next year.

    She can be as batshit crazy there as she wants to be, as long as she's no longer part of the legislative process.

    Posted by: JONES | May 30, 2013 12:21:09 PM

  4. She and Sarah Palin! Mud wrestling on national TV! They'd both lose!! The stupidest women in politics!

    Posted by: Geoff | May 30, 2013 12:22:53 PM

  5. When did you last get the ride, Michelle ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 30, 2013 12:36:28 PM

  6. People keep saying that this is a great thing for Republicans, but I don't think so. Bachman is just too stupid.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 30, 2013 1:10:36 PM

  7. Okay. If the GOP is the party of stupid - that makes teatards several levels below and beyond...even without beard-Bachmann.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 30, 2013 1:39:47 PM

  8. A show about Bachmann's successes would be pretty short. "Michele woke up this morning". Roll credits.

    Posted by: Chadd | May 30, 2013 2:33:35 PM

  9. Her only success so far is that she married a gay man.
    A ha, a ha, a ha ha ha...doubled up with God laughing.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 30, 2013 2:39:03 PM

  10. No one seriously thought she would win the nomination. At best, she might have been a VP contender, but not after Sarah Palin. Focusing on her also completely overlooks Rick Santorum, who basically came in second to Romney and had an even harsher social agenda, though not one tinged with all sorts of conspiracy theories.

    Posted by: anon | May 30, 2013 4:56:44 PM

  11. Adds Maddow: "Michele Bachmann over the course of her career has been like an exploratory probe to find the edge of the possible in Republican Party politics."

    That's a very interesting comment and it rings true. You should never forget that whenever Bachmann (or others) make some batsh*t crazy statement that there really ARE people out there thinking, "You tell 'em, Michele!"

    It's quite similar to Fox News' strategy, throw EVERYTHING at the wall and see what sticks, what resonates with their dementia-ridden audience. It doesn't have to be TRUE, it just needs to be SOUND truthy.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 30, 2013 5:22:10 PM

  12. As much as I love Rachel, more than two minutes of Ms Bachmann is just beyond what my brain can handle. This is cringe-worthy to the point of total mind paralysis. It's like watching a parallel universe in a dream where you can't get your bags packed for the flight you've already missed. How do people like this even get elected—and reelected to boot? There's a serious gap in education in the USA where people are prepared to actually believe the crap spewing from "politicians" like La Michele. Good riddance, don't let your husband poke you with his plastic pokey thing on the way out.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | May 30, 2013 5:27:25 PM

  13. Totally Tourette Barbie represents a conservative district of Minnesota, but has so utterly destroyed her reputation that she would likely lose her seat to a Democrat if she ran again.

    Consequently the announcement that she'll step down is bad news, likely the result of pressure from within the GOP itself. Her replacement will likely be another wing nut - just one who isn't yet a public liability to conservatives.

    Her departure is far more likely to result in "rinse and repeat" than it is change of any kind. LGBTQ people should write, begging her to reconsider, which would substantially increase the odds of her being replaced by someone vaguely sane.

    I don't worry much about the terrible loss to comics… The GOP has proved nothing if not its ability to deprive the nation's villages of their idiots by sending them off to DC.

    Posted by: Bryan | May 31, 2013 3:37:27 AM

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