Michele Bachmann: Epidemiologist Extraordinaire

29 Apr

Michele Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, has discovered the source of swine flu.

Bachmann, speaking on Pajamas TV, noted: “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

Apart from the fact that the 70’s outbreak happened under Republican President Gerald Ford, she’s got a point, there!

32 Responses to “Michele Bachmann: Epidemiologist Extraordinaire”

  1. Frankie April 29, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    Is it any wonder Specter did what he did?

  2. Chuck April 29, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    If this were reported on the Stern show, Fred would cue up the cuckoo-clock sound effect. She is a nutbag, and clearly doesn’t even know recent history.

  3. Byron April 29, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    That’s giving Specter too much credit. He was happy to stay in the Party of Stupid until it looked like he’d lose the next primary.

  4. Dick Kern April 29, 2009 at 6:51 am #

    Michele Bachman is a standing joke here in Minnesota.

    There was tremendous relief in Mpls when she went on to congress from the MN state legislature, where she was lead “Christian” gay-basher & relentlessly campaigned for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

    Soon after arriving in Congress she got national news coverage for “hangin on” to George Bush after his state of the union speech. It was reminiscent of the Lewinski era.

    Now there is a “Michele Bachman Watch” demonstrating just how ridiculous some Republicans can be.

    SEE: http://www.dccc.org/page/content/bachmannwatch

    However, it is not totally objective, being paid for by the Democratic Congressional Committee.

  5. jen April 29, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Wow, just wow.

  6. mike April 29, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    Republicans are famous for repeating lies enough times so everyone believes it has fact. I’m sure Rush will be on this like stink on shit.

  7. PJ April 29, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Is Rush the stink or the shit?

  8. Ward April 29, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    No more or less scientific than the claim that Bush caused Hurricane Katrina by refusing to sign Kyoto.

  9. STEEL April 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    What Mike says..to many on the right just saying something means it is true.

  10. STEEL April 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    Key words and phrases to Some other Republican truthyisms

    Torture is not torture

    Steel Tubes

    Iraq = al qaeda

    The economy is fundamentally sound

    Weapons of mass destruction

    Major combat is finished

    Republican party is the party of small government

    Obama =satin

  11. Russell April 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    I think it was Obama that recently said the fundamentals of our economy are sound.

    I’ve never heard any Republicans say he’s satin, but I think many people think he’s silk, or at least smooth as.

  12. STEEL April 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm #


    Limbo and his dittoheads spent all last year claiming there was no recession and that it was all a democratic plot to instill fear in the public so that Obama would win. John McCain, being snookered by that particular Republican truthyism, proclaimed the fundamental soundness of the economy just as the dam broke.

  13. Russell April 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    By the fundamentals, he meant the basics, most especially the workforce, just as Obama did last month. I highly doubt John McCain is a regular listener of Rush Limbaugh, especially in the midst of the campaign. And I doubt even more that Limbaugh was used as an economic advisor to McCain.

    And for the record, it’s Russell (with two Ls) and Democratic (with a capital D).

  14. STEEL April 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    If you think anyone in the Republican party is allowed to ignore Limbaugh you are naive. Why do you think McCain went groveling back to the right wing base in the election? Why do you think he chose Palin for a running mate? Come on get real. And McCain’s excuse for his fundamentally sound gaffe was absurd. There is nothing fundamentally sound about out of work workers.

    You could not turn on right wing rant radio all last year without hearing the constant drone of how there was nothing wrong with the economy even though it was very clear that the economy was in a free fall.

    Please go back and proof the rest of my comments. I don’t have time.

    If you listen to Limbaugh it is Democrat not Democratic.

  15. hank April 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    @ Steel Obama=SATAN use your spell check,

    And I don’t think he’s Satan.

    But my Doctor, who’s in her late 30’s and Lebanese, says he’s the ANTICHRIST, which took me back a step. I don’t think he’s the Antichrist either.

    He’s just a pole turtle.

  16. Colin April 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    “No more or less scientific than the claim that Bush caused Hurricane Katrina by refusing to sign Kyoto.”

    No, that claim has at least some basis in science. Failure to take climate change seriously = extreme weather events. Of course, it’s not nearly that simple or direct a connection, but there is a clear thread of rational thought running through the claim.

    The idea that the swine flu outbreak has anything to do with having a Dem president, on the other hand, has no reason to it at all.

  17. STEEL April 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    No, Bush caused Katrina because he had do nothing political hacks in charge of disaster planning. I will give him this though. He did fly over and wave to the people on their roof tops.

  18. Russell April 30, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    STEEL, yet another post where you’re going on about all that Rush Limbaugh does and says as if you never miss a minute of his show.

    Many people use the term ‘Democrat’ rather than ‘Democratic’ because folks like you seem to confuse ‘Democratic’ and ‘democratic’.

  19. STEEL April 30, 2009 at 9:59 am #


    You don’t need to listen to the whole Limbo show to get the message. The rant is repeated on a 5 minute rotation and then picked up by Hannity and Fox News as its nightly agenda.

  20. Russell April 30, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    Ok, so you don’t get to listen to all Limbaugh says, but you make up for it by watching Fox News and listening to Hannity. Thanks for clearing that up.

  21. Byron April 30, 2009 at 10:24 am #

    STEEL, why bother? It’s like arguing with the crazy guy on the corner.

  22. The Humanist April 30, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    @Russell – Many people use the term ‘Democrat’ rather than ‘Democratic’…”

    …because they’re juvenile assclowns who don’t know proper English. You know….Republicans.

  23. Russell April 30, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Nope, it was actually academics and grade school teachers where I first encountered this. That’s not normally known as a hot bed for right wing activism. I’ve told this story before on here, but we presented a paper about political socialization in US schools and folks were up in arms over the title, “Raising Young Democrats”, but that’s exactly what it was about. Raising children to participate in a democratic society. But thanks for continually judging everything through partisan glasses. And the term “Democrat” is also proper English.

  24. The Humanist April 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    @ Russell – there is nothing wrong with the sentence “Raising Young Democrats”

    Nor is there anything wrong with calling a member of the Democratic Party a Democrat.

    What is wrong (and beyond tiresome) is when Republicans throw out terms like “the Democrat Party” or “this stimulus package is just more Democrat socialism”. They think they’re being cunningly clever, but all they’re doing is revealing themselves to be third-grade-level thigh-rubbers.

  25. Ward April 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Colin — thank you.
    One of the goals of practitioners in my profession is to get the witness to say something totally indefensible and silly. Great success.

  26. Russell April 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    I know there’s nothing wrong with the title we used, but a room full of seemingly intelligent people sure thought there was. And I’d guess you could count the number of registered Republicans in that room on one hand. If a room full of educated people and educators had a problem understanding the difference between ‘Democrat’ and ‘democrat’, it’s not just a Republican thing and I don’t think it’s a malicious, childish endeavor to correct for it in order to avoid this typical confusion.

  27. Byron April 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    Something totally indefensible and silly like your bullshit claim about Obama’s 100 day approval rating, for example?

  28. Ward April 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    Humorist —
    Let me make sure I understand–Yours is the Democratic (not Democrat) Party; mine the Republican.
    You’re a Democrat; I’m a–what–Republic?

    Sorry, but you seem to be suffering from political PMS–easily set off. Thought a hundred obamagasms would have helped. Suggest you not operate heavy machinery until it passes. Or, perhaps post on your blog–it could use the traffic.

  29. Ward April 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    That’s two votes (Colin and Steel) for “Bush caused Katrina”. Beautiful.
    I might say, “You couldn’t make this stuff up”, but, well … you apparently can!

    Sure you boys aren’t cribbing from Little Bobby Kennedy (“No windmills in Uncle Teddy’s ocean!”) on the Huff Post?

  30. Colin April 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm #


    You’re not really this dumb, right?

    I never said that Bush created Katrina. You claimed that Bachmann’s statement and the claim that Bush not signing onto Kyoto caused Katrina were equally specious. I pointed out that the Katrina claim — while not a strong claim — at least had some scientific basis, while the Bachmann claim was irrational right from the start.


  31. Byron April 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    Ward’s an habitual liar. Kind of tiresome after a bit.

  32. David Allen May 2, 2009 at 1:20 am #

    As bad as the government has gotten, on all levels: 3-men-in-a-room-budgets, pork, Abramoff, bribery, ad nauseum… – nothing shakes my faith in democracy as much as the fact that someone like Bachmann (who is crazier than the Simpson’s Cat Lady), can not only get elected, but get reelected. Every time I see a clip of her in action, I feel like Alice after falling down the rabbit hole.

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