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Michelle Bachman: We Don't Need No Stinking Facts.

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Well, it's finally happened. What her constituents were too unable to do, she is doing herself. Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't run for re-election in 2014.

And this is unfortunate at so many levels. Not the least of which is the loss of the comedic material she so willingly and unconsciously provided. I wish I could be that funny without trying.

To be sure, I am concerned though. I thought God was omniscient and omnipotent yet he still hasn't repealed Obamacare as Bachman claimed he would. Oh heck, there's a major difference between human time and God's deep geological time. Sometimes I'm so impatient.

But while I'm writing about God, "He" did a pretty bad job at running her last campaign too, when she turned it over to him. Now that isn't so worrisome for an agnostic like me. But what about my religious friends? Well, God works in mysterious ways.

Lest we forget, Sharia is still coming if Obama can just break free of all the scandals and get busy. And our enslavement is probably on hold awaiting the final completion of the internment camps. Sadly, she won't have the political platform to say, "see, I told you so."

I will say this for her. She can dodge, avoid, deflect and deny on par with the many greats that have preceded her in DC. In fact she may have reached new levels of fact-free oratory during her time in office.

Remember, for a brief moment she was the favorite "non-Romney" in the last presidential race. During that time, I endured the pain of watching Piers Morgan interview her for eleven minutes and 31 seconds, although it seemed like an eternity.  

You do remember Ms. Bachmann was briefly a candidate for the presidency of the U.S., don't you? Yes, I know. I tried to forget it too.

Normally, I would have turned her off rather than listen to her respond to every question with the same fact-free, scripted answer. But that day I watched because I just had to hear her defend Mr. Romney's change of position on the horrors of the individual mandate in the ACA.   I found her responses very interesting because I had recently heard Jonathan Gruber, an economist and a professor of economics at the MIT, speaking about the same topic.

Professor Gruber was hired as a consultant by Mr. Romney to assist with his insurance plan in Massachusetts.   Massachusetts was the only state to have an individual mandate, thanks to Mr. Romney's plan. Professor Gruber said that the Affordable Care Act is the same as the Romney's plan. He should know. He was the consultant on both.   

I've always thought Ms. Bachmann was disingenuous but now I realize I was being generous. But believe it or not, even though her contorted responses were   uncomfortable, they weren't what was the most painful.   The most painful part was listening to her lie on the public airwaves.   Unless of course she didn't understand the healthcare law. In that case, she shouldn't have been talking about it on a major network evening talk show. But there I go again being the old fashioned codger that I am. I'm still not reconciled to the post-fact era we live in today.

I will give Ms. Bachman credit. She brought back an enjoyable old memory. Remember John Huston's movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.   An American prospector,   says to the bandits who are posing as mountain police, "where are your badges."   The bandit responds, "Badges?   We don't got no badges...We don't got to show you no stinking badges."

In my mind, with a couple of edits, Ms. Bachman's legacy is represented by those lines, "Facts? We don't got no facts" We don't got to show you no stinking facts!"

Robert De Filippis


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