Bye Bye, Bachmann

She fought for our dear Constitution
Though on further inspection, we find
That Michele’s Bill of Rights
That’s for which she led fights,
Was a fantasy version that’s all in her mind

She would lecture her listeners on history
And a few finer points of the law
But her facts were all fictions
And odd contradictions
Reflecting a vision that only she saw

With muskets and pitchforks and torches
You could see she appealed to her base
She protected our right
To a more wasteful light

A conservative stance, when Michele made the case

Oh, Congress was clearly the problem
Or it was, when Michele came to call
She did her bit ending
Big government spending
By passing no new legislation at all

And now, as she rides to the sunset,
With her brief fifteen minutes long spent
Her history speaks
Of the strangest of streaks…
And we’ll all disagree about what Michele meant

I’m a bit late to this one–Ed and PZ have already noted that Michele Bachmann will not run for re-election. What’s utterly bizarre, though, is the analysis and commentary on what will be her legacy. For instance, NPR’s story (subtitled “A Trailblazer, For Better And For Worse“), seems remarkably free of anything really positive. It’s as if Bachmann is famous for being famous, not for any accomplishment. But (of course) that does not stop the handful of right-wing commenters that now call their territory from trolling the comment section singing her praises.

I don’t have any idea what her place in history will be. What I’m hoping is that this post marks the last time I will ever type her name.


  1. machintelligence says

    Last night, Rachel Maddow proposed that her job has been to test the limits at the very edge of right wing insanity, and thereby move the Overton Window further to the right.

  2. sathyalacey says

    Very disappointed.

    Title of post mislead me into thinking this was going to be a parody of “Bye Bye Birdie” with updated lyrics for Bachmann. :(

  3. Cuttlefish says

    I know how you feel. The title was originally “Good-Bye, Michele”, but I kept hearing the theme from Good-bye Charlie, or the Beatles “Michelle”, so I had to change it.

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