Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann knows her home town of Waterloo, Iowa quite well, she said in her official presidential announcement speech this morning. She knows, for example, about the other well-known person who came from that town.
Bachmann said, “What I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”
John Wayne? John Wayne came from Waterloo, Iowa?
It’s true – only it wasn’t the famous John Wayne who starred in the cowboy movies. It was John Wayne Gacy, the infamous serial killer who dressed up as a clown, who came from Waterloo, Iowa.
Michele Bachmann was telling voters that she has the same spirit as John Wayne Gacy.
To me, this gaffe shows how the image Michele Bachmann likes to project in Iowa, that of the hometown girl, is little more than a facade. A real hometown candidate knows the difference between a movie star and a mass murderer.
There’s a nervous kind of talk about Michele Bachmann’s slip today. It isn’t that anyone would accuse Bachmann of being a serial killer herself, but she does embrace some rather cruel, extremist ideas, and there’s always been this look in Bachmann’s eyes that makes people uneasy. The concept of “crazy” is a core part of Bachmann’s political baggage.
That’s why we’ve created this campaign t-shirt for the 2012 presidential campaign – to remind Iowa voters that Michele Bachmann hasn’t really kept much of her Iowa heritage, and to remind Americans that to elect Bachmann President would be to put crazy in the White House.
Bachmann-Gacy 2012 – because she has that kind of spirit.