So, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., did what she does best yesterday. What Michele does best, of course, is say something completely insane, with absolute conviction. To wit:
The full transcript is available here, but here are the most relevant sections:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: If you have liberal views, does that mean you have anti-American views? What’s the connection? I don’t get the connection. What’s the connection between liberal and leftist and anti-American? If you’re liberal, are you anti-American?
REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN (MN-06): Well, the liberals that are Jeremiah Wright and that are Bill Ayers, they’re over the top anti-American, and that’s the question that Americans have. Remember it was Michelle Obama who said she’s only recently proud of her country. And so these are very anti-American views.
MATTHEWS: So you think Barack Obama may have anti-American views?
BACHMANN: Absolutely. I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.
MATTHEWS: How many Congresspeople, members of Congress, are in that anti-American crowd you describe? How many Congresspeople that you serve with?
BACHMANN: Right now —
MATTHEWS: How many are anti-American in the Congress right now that you serve with?
BACHMANN: You’d have to ask them, Chris. I’m focusing on Barack Obama and the people that he’s been associated with and I’m very worried about their anti-American nature.
MATTHEWS: But do you suspect there are a lot of people you serve with — well, he’s the United States senator from Illinois, he’s one of the people you suspect as being anti-American. How many people in Congress of the United States do you believe are ant-American? Is he alone or are there others? How many do you suspect of your colleagues of being anti-American.
BACHMANN: What I would say what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating exposé 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? I think people would be — would love to see an expose like that.
But that’s dodging the question, Michele! If the newsmedia is going to determine who is pro- and who is anti-American, they’re gonna need a good working definition. So it’s time to name names. Who do you think is anti-American, Rep. Bachmann? Certainly, the gentleman from Minnesota’s Fifth. And the gentleman from Indiana’s Seventh, too. I mean, those are just gimmes. But who else? Is Nancy Pelosi anti-American? Probably. Harry Reid? Of course. Barack Hussein Super-Allah Obama? Duh. But does it stop there? Or is Colin Peterson anti-American too? Is it really just a matter of noting the “D” before a legislator’s state? Or are there pro-American Democrats — you know, other than Joe Lieberman? And — dare I wonder — are there vipers in the nest of the GOP? Is Chuck Hagel anti-American? Jim Ramstad? Norm Coleman?
We need to know, Michele, and right quick. You need to spearhead this, take up the cause, get HUAC reconstituted. You need to be out front on this, Michele. America needs you to save it from the dread specter of evil, duly-elected members of Congress.
And don’t be dissuaded by the fact that your DFL challenger, former MnDOT Commissioner El Tinklenberg, has thus far raised over $50,000 since you went on Hardball — and people are still going to the ActBlue site and donating. Don’t worry that there’s already a “Censure Michele Bachmann” site set up. After all, nothing is more un-American than opposing a candidate like you for political office, right?
No, Rep. Bachmann, this is the fight you were born to lead. I urge you to embrace it wholeheartedly. Don’t back down. Don’t give an inch. Tell El Tinklenberg to his face that he’s un-American. Tell every DFLer in Minnesota that we’re un-American. Own it, Michele. Because if we’re really anti-American, that’s your duty. And if we’re not — and we’re not — it will destroy your political career. If it hasn’t already.