Michele Bachmann On Why She's Such A Lightning Rod

06/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

For the first time, apparently, in her career, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) appeared on Fox News Sunday. And in between offering the usually wild broadsides in denunciation of all things Barack Obama, she was asked by host Chris Wallace why she was such a lightning rod.

"Well," the congresswoman replied, "I think part of that may be because when I talk about what is happening in Washington, D.C., I use the actual statements or comments or the data that Nancy Pelosi or President Obama or Harry Reid refer to. I use their own statements on them. And usually they don't like that very much. They don't like to be quoted back with what they've said."

If only it were as simple as reading back quotes and statements. Bachman, among other things, has suggested that Congress needed to be investigated for anti-American members, that a significant portion of the scientific community didn't believe in evolution, that the Census would lead to a modern day equivalent of Japanese-America internment camps in WWII, that the Obama administration was a "gangster government," and that health care reform would allow 13-year-olds to get abortions done at sex clinics.

Fox News host Chris Wallace didn't ask about any of these.