America’s joke, Congresslady and full-time lunatic Michele Bachmann, woke this morning from her barbiturate-wine cooler stupor, crawled on her hands and bloodied knees to the AM-only radio permanently tuned to the local wingnut talk station, and happened to catch the national news bulletin: An influenza pandemic! It sounded pretty serious, whatever “pandemic” meant. Michele Bachmann needed to craft a response — you know, something that would, uh, blame a swine/bird/human flu virus on, uhm, LIBERALS, right?
Bachmann, speaking on Pajamas TV, noted: “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”
So that’s what Pajamas TV does. Anyway, as Glenn Thrush notes at The Politico, the 1976 swine flu freakout was pretty famously an event during Gerald Ford’s presidency, with the semi-crazed response being a pretty famous reason why Ford lost his re-election campaign, and why there was a new president in 1976, the Democrat Jimmy Carter.
Somebody hurry up and ship another sack of “WORLD’S DUMBEST CLOWN” trophies to Bachmann’s office. Watch out for the dog!
Dems in power during flu, Bachmann notes [Politico]