Bachmann’s John Wayne Flub Won’t Harm Her Quest to Live in the White House; Updated

If a Democrat had said this there’s no way I wouldn’t have mentioned it, so in the spirit of bipartisanship, here we go…

With Chris Wallace’s “are you a flake” apology behind her, Michele Bachmann formally announced her presidential bid in Iowa today.

And then… well, read it for yourself:

Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.

The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.

Mrs. Bachmann grew up in Waterloo, and used the town as the backdrop for her campaign announcement, where she told Fox News: “Well 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.”

I like Michele Bachmann, but she’s going to have to cool it on the goofs. However, something like that won’t affect whether or not I vote for her in the primary… I’d rather have somebody who doesn’t know where a movie star was born but who does know that massive debt spending is bad for an economy than the other way around.

This won’t do any long term damage to Bachmann. History proves that an unintentional brush with John Wayne Gacy doesn’t preclude you from living in the White House:


Update: As was mentioned in comments, John Wayne’s parents once lived in Waterloo, so maybe Bachmann assumed that John Wayne was also born there, but he wasn’t until his parents moved elsewhere in the state.

Update II: Funny how the left can take what was a research error or slip of the tongue at worst or an understandable honest mistake at best and turn it into serial killer worship. If the left wants a death cult all they need to do is spend a few hours with their pro-abortion zealots.

The point is that Bachmann is in Palin territory now — it doesn’t really matter what she says because the left will demonize it anyway. It was an interesting day, but move on and let them keep chattering about GOPers worshiping serial killers or whatever.

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