"Well, what I want them to know is just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit I have too" — Michelle Bachmann
Jun 28, 2011
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Michelle Bachmann
As readers of this blog know, I tend to float like a butterfly over the sordid comings-and-goings of the political news-cycle, but every now and again, someone makes a gaffe so delightful, improving the quality of one's life so inordinately, that commendation must follow. Michelle Bachman's mix-up of John Wayne - the movie star who endeared himself to the American right in dozens of movies - and John Wayne Gacy - the 'killer clown' who committed the rape and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 - is just such a gaffe. The great thing about it is not just the indelible portrait of the congresswoman crouched over Google investigating her hometown — for it is a gaffe originating in the written, not spoken word — but the enthusiastic progress it makes in a direction exactly opposite to the one desired: I want them to know is just like John Wayne Gacy was from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit I have too. Quite so. This is not one to be forgotten in a hurry. Better than Palin.