On Tuesday Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gave her farewell speech to Congress, joking that she was “thankful that I could have that privilege of also being a stepping stone to look to the future so that the next generation would live better than we do today.”
On Thursday Chris Matthews paid tribute to Bachmann on the Hardball Sideshow, “recognizing her for the many outrageous and absurd and at times downright scary things she has said,” noting that she “made a name for herself as the de-facto queen of the hard right clown car.”
The clip opens with a recap of her repeated questioning of not only the President’s patriotism, but that of the entire Democratic party, calling “for a new era of McCarthyism to root out anti-American lawmakers.”
When Matthews asked her at the time how many members of Congress she suspected of being anti-American, Bachmann became tongue-tied and attempted to hand the ball back to him and the media saying:
“What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose’ and take a look, I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America or anti-America.”
And who can forget her undying hatred for the “egregious system” that is Obamacare, the law that is going to sentence women, children and the elderly to death at the hands of those evil (though non-existent) “death panels.”
As Chris observed, “Congresswoman Bachmann rarely let the facts get in the way of good fiction,” as in the case of her campaign against vaccination in which she claimed to have met a woman whose daughter became mentally retarded after receiving the HPV vaccination. Even after the medical community denied that there was even a hint of truth to the assertion Bachmann stood by her claim.
Of course no compilation of Bachmann’s ridiculous statements would be complete without touching on her warped understanding of history, such as the claim that the founders “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more,” and her belief that the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place in Lexington and Concord, New Hampshire.
In closing Matthews said his goodbyes and told her that “it’s been a wild ride and we will miss you.” As will all the late night talk show hosts for whom she inadvertently wrote so many great jokes.
Watch the segment in the video below.