Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Fans of obscure 1970s television may remember a short-lived children's show called Far Out Space Nuts, in which a pair of dimwitted NASA repairmen, one of whom is played by Bob (Gilligan) Denver, accidentally send themselves into space by pressing 'launch' instead of 'lunch' inside a capsule they were fixing at Cape Canaveral. This plot device roughly approximates the political and cultural mechanism that is sending Michele Bachmann hurtling in the direction of the Oval Office."

-- Matt Taibbi in a piece in Rolling Stone called "Michele Bachmann's Holy War"


The Bacon said...

Michelle Bachman will not be president.

I admire the way she raised her own children as well as 23 foster children. I admire the success she has had in her professional and political life. She seems like a nice person whose company I would enjoy.

But she is batshit crazy. She won't win a single state primary. She won't be the VP nominee. The only way she sees the oval office is if the president invites her there.

Ref said...

When "even librul NPR" insists on treating wackaloons like this respectfully as candidates, we are doomed. The media builds them up because they just loves a horse race.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Wow, Chez, the banner ads up there oscillate between "Should Palin Run? VOTE" and Sunlight dish detergent!

I feel truly pitched at.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Sorry. It's Sunlight Deep Clean.


BitterMary said...

I've been waiting for you to remark upon this exceptional piece. Don't miss the comments section. Er, never mind. Miss the comments section. The man can turn a phrase.

Chez said...

There's nothing really to the piece; it's standard Taibbi. In fact, there's a big debate going on right now over the almost complete lack of attribution within this thing, but it's admittedly really entertaining to read because he's a fantastically clever writer.

Nathan said...

While taking in foster children is, in fact, admirable, her claim to have "raised" 23 of them is a bit overblown. While they won't go into details, the agency that places foster children in her jurisdiction pointed out that these kids are sometimes placed with a family for a couple of years, but they're typically with a family for a period of months, weeks, or even merely days.

Bachmann was still making announcements about having to get back to her district for the weekend so she could shop for her hordes, long after all of them had left the nest. (I don't suppose I'd be all that surprised if we heard tomorrow that a couple of them are still chained up in the basement, though. You chase Satan outta them.)

L. said...

I will say that since she fostered so many children and thusly spent time and money caring for children whose parents couldn't/wouldn't, Michelle Bachman can be outspokenly pro-life. I disagree with her stance, but she walked the walk so she's earned the right to talk the talk. There are so many people who spend money and time saying women should give children up for adoption instead of having abortions who never give a thought to donating a dime or a second to the children who are in need of care now.

I'm sure she'll be glad to know I've given her permission.

elizabeth said...

"Imagine Joe McCarthy dragging Cabinet members into hearings and demanding that they publicly disavow the works of Groucho Marx, and you get a rough idea of the general style of Bachmannian politics."

That is easily my favorite line.