Bachmann backs off ‘light brigade’ comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “It’s the charge of the light brigade!” Rep. Michele Bachmann yelled to an assembled crowd of tea party activists in Upper Senate Park Tuesday, which responded with rapturous applause. Little did they — or Bachmann — apparently know that she had just compared them all to a unit about to die in battle in one of the most spectacular blunders in military history.

Informed of that comparison by MinnPost today, Bachmann backed off. “Oh, what did I say this time?” she asked with a laugh.

The infamous “Charge of the Light Brigade,” immortalized in a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennysonhappened during the Crimean War when a group of British cavalrymen charged headlong into a valley of certain death, ordered into the death charge as a result of a catastrophic miscommunication by their commanders. About a third of them were killed or wounded in the fight, which is now regarded as one of the worst military operations in history.

“I can only hope is that this won’t be a failure,” Bachmann responded. “It’s a charge. My goal is to get people inspired, charged up, and hopefully they talked to their United States senator, but I hope that your historical analysis is not true and reflective of today’s events.”

Vid of Bachmann here.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Roger Bidwell on 12/16/2009 - 08:13 pm.

    Are you serious? You guys are making this news? A poem, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson about a group of British cavalrymen during the Crimean War? Yes, that reference is at the tip of everyone’s tongue. We all remember that poem!

    Honestly, you guys must have a research team that does nothing but look up stuff like this so that you can get one more jab on a fellow citizen who is serving her country and the people of your state. I’d like to see some of you writers, Derek, show the kind of courage shown by Mrs. Bachmann. Enjoy your cheap shot. Journalism, eh?

  2. Submitted by Aaron Klemz on 12/16/2009 - 09:07 pm.

    Mr. Bidwell, you are aware that Rep. Bachmann _made the reference_, right? You know, that reference that “is at the tip of everyone’s tongue?”

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 12/16/2009 - 09:43 pm.

    I believe we can chalk Bachmann’s comments up to the concept known as “Freudian slip.” For once in her God-forsaken life, she actually let the truth slip out of her mouth.

  4. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 12/17/2009 - 10:03 am.

    For Mr Bidwell’s sake, I think it is important to point out how dumb Bachmann is and how much dumber are the people who actually voted for her. i guess technically she is a “fellow citizen who is serving her country and the people of your state” but then so are Al and Amy, so there’s not much point in that comment, except that right wingers like to wave the patriot flag so everyone knows the other side is unpatriotic. What kind of courage does Bachmann show? She spouts off her nonsense on Fox and other friendly places protected from any difficult cross examination on her positions. The more notable news today concerning the loveable furball, or whatever she calls herself, is her opposition to the banking rules overhaul where she does more to protect the fatcats than the “people of your state”.

  5. Submitted by Phil Dech on 12/17/2009 - 10:06 am.

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    George Santayana

    That, I think, is what makes Rep. Bachmann’s reference to a disastrous Crimean War cavalry charge so ironic.

  6. Submitted by david granneman on 12/17/2009 - 10:39 am.

    i would like to congradulate minnpost – for spending so much time on a phrase spoken by michele bachmann. i would remind you she has minimum power to change our lives. instead you could be investigating the people who are getting ready to drive up the cost of health care and drive jobs overseas with a punishing carbon tax. you could be reporting the crushing tax burdone we are putting on our children and even our grandchildren.

  7. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/17/2009 - 10:43 am.

    Maybe Rep. Bachmann should take a hint from our President, and not speak one syllable unless she is reading words off of a teleprompter that someone else wrote.

    Or maybe, considering the fact that she is so effectively tearing the leftist agenda to shreds, while the Teleprompter in Chief is about as popular as new Coke, she is doing fine as is; faux pas and all.

  8. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/17/2009 - 12:29 pm.

    Or, as the poem goes on to say:
    “Someone had blundered”.
    In more current terminology, ‘make sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear.

    And Mr. Swift:
    The last I looked, Obama’s ratngs were higher than the divine Ms. B’s re-election margin.
    The only thing that Ms. B is shredding is fact and logic.

  9. Submitted by david granneman on 12/17/2009 - 08:07 pm.

    america you must listen to this interview

    Bachmann on The B-Cast: A Conservative Call to Action

  10. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/18/2009 - 10:38 am.

    How long before she issues a retraction, saying that she misquoted herself?

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