Bachmann declares self gaffe-free

Rep. Bachmann told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren last night, well, a great many things, but including that she hasn’t made any gaffes that caused her to fall in the polls.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 11/18/2011 - 11:38 am.

    Gaffe: An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator…

    Intentional statements that cause no self-embarrassment means no gaffes from the perspective of Bachmann.

    What did Forrest Gump’s mom say?

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 11/18/2011 - 12:24 pm.

    “Make it so, Spock…”

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/18/2011 - 12:26 pm.

    That’s almost as funny as MinnPost declaring itself a trustworthy source of news!

  4. Submitted by Gavin Sullivan on 11/18/2011 - 12:32 pm.

    Quoting Michael Cooper:

    ‘Michael Kinsley changed Washington’s understanding of gaffes with his observation that they occur not when people lie, but when they say what they really think.’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/us/politics/25memo.html

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/18/2011 - 12:37 pm.

    Probably true, literally.
    She’s so far down in the polls that she’s below Bud Grant — she -couldn’t- fall any further.

  6. Submitted by Tom Lehman on 11/18/2011 - 01:45 pm.

    Congresswoman Bachmann spoke too soon. She also told Van Susteren that President Obama committed a criminal act that was “ethically and morally bankrupt.” The act she was so concerned about was actually taken by the Federal Communications Commission during the tenure of President George W. Bush. The Bush FCC granted LightSquared, a telecommunications company, a specific portion of the spectrum for use. LightSquared’s application to turn on its network is currently pending before the FCC. If approved, its patented satellite technology would allow universal 4G wireless broadband Internet and cell phone coverage anywhere in the United States — even in remote areas without cell towers. Best Buy, a Minnesota-based corporation, has partnered with LightSquared to roll out a national cell phone product. This is an exciting new business opportunity for this major Minnesota corporation. But Bachmann opposes LightSquared, Best Buy and expansion of wireless broadband Internet service and cell coverage statewide. Why? Is it because AT&T has given Bachmann tens of thousands of dollars over the years and AT&T is not supportive of LightSquared, whose retail partners will be charging retail cell phone rates 33-50% less than current market rates? Why would a Member of our congressional delegation oppose more affordable cell rates for her constituents and oppose expanded economic development through expanded wireless broadband service in Minnesota?

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