It's almost impossible for one article to list the political entertainment Michele Bachmann has provided us with in the last 8 years, so we can only focus on key points. And one of the most (frighteningly) hilarious points about it was that some people took her seriously. Actually, a great many people took her seriously.
Especially Glenn Beck:
Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) also chimed in:
For eight years, she served more than the people of Minnesota--she served the families of America with her tireless stand for conservative values. A proud voice for life and marriage, Michele never shied away from a fight--and our movement is better for it.
Better for her
clueless attacks on Obama? Better for her seemingly endless gaffs? Better for
her flimsy credibility? Better for her gift of the oxymoron "Bachmann on the Intelligence Committee"?
The End Of The Bachmann Alternative Reality Show
To the many fact-checkers Bachmann kept busy, she seemed to live in an alternate reality, making up things as she went along (remember the $900 million-a-day Obama trip to India?). Trying to parrot Christian Right ideologies, she imagined a new world where every family would foster at least 23 kids (as she did), fight to canonize George W. Bush, pray away the gay, and lovingly deport every Muslim in the country. To this pundit, the most ridiculous of the Bachmann Alernative Reality Show was her appearance on the Jay Leno Show. Ed Schultz (below) immediately highlighted it since she was in the midst of her "broke" primary campaign. Her "pray away the gray" comment/joke showed just how clueless she was to what the public knew about her husband's unlicensed clinic and her answers on Afghanistan and other issues were downright embarrassing.
Of course, others beside Beck and Perkins will be bemoaning her departure, saying that it is the result of a smear campaign - the investigation of her primary campaign expenditures is just a insidious attack* - and her faithful will be penning odes to her "courage". Tea Party acolytes will print "Bachman 4 Presidant" signs in hopes of luring her back to the political arena in 2016.
Her swan song will probably be Tony Perkins' Values Voters Summit in October, with accolades and awards aplenty.
But In The Real World ...
Conspiracy theories, Islamophobia, dubious ethics and inane attacks on Obama have taken their toll: Democrats are rejoicing, sending a "Bye-bye Bachmann" pettition/letter to Congress asking only 100,000 signatures.
My guess is that they already have more than the 100,000 signatures.
TBog of Firedog Lake:
I shall miss her star turn panache and amphetamine eyes; she gave good face to the Loonier Than Thou wing of the party...
Of course the big loser in all of this is delightful hubby Marcus Bachmann who stands to lose more "Me Time!" with Michelle always about the house and constantly under his marabou bedroom slippers with the four-inch heels. On the other hand, more time with Michelle means even more repeated viewings of Far From Heaven in the hope that Michele will finally "take a hint".
House of Cards
Her announcement comes as the Office of Congressional Ethics looks into claims by Mrs. Bachmann's former campaign aides that she might have improperly used money raised by one of her House-affiliated political action committees to help her presidential bid in the run-up to the Iowa presidential caucuses in January 2012. She came in sixth in that race, even though she campaigned heavily in the state. The defeat led her to pull out of the race the next day.
The shallowness of Bachmann's political presence cannot be overstated: as shallow as Sarah Palin, but with more tenacity and "guts" to go-the-mile while rattling off everything and anything that came into her head - or was handed to her by Frank Gaffney, for it was Gaffney who pandered to her gullibility. Oh, there were other jokers who stacked up in Bachmann's House of Cards, but Gaffney was the ringleader.
And it was gullibility that made the House of Bachmann a House of Cards ready to fall down at the right touch of investigative reasoning, but, ironically, it was not investigative reasoning that signaled the fall: instead, it was the response by party leader John McCain to her Muslim Brotherhood witch hunt. It was the kind of "have you no decency?" backlash from a Republican colleague that took her aback, although, again, she seemed clueless to the warning as well as to the metaphor.
Conspiracy theories, witch-hunts, gaffs, unfounded statements: all-in-all, Michele Bachmann's tenure in Congress was a House of Cards...
... filled with jokers.
*In an ironic twist: the campaign in question - Iowa - was where she both won the straw poll and where vote-salesman Van de Plaats got into a wee bit of controversy (along with Rick Santorum).