06/22/2011 06:28 pm ET Updated Aug 22, 2011

Late Returns: Matt Taibbi Says Bachmann Is No Laughing Matter

Minnesota Representative and Republican presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann is having a moment. But you know you've really arrived as a force in American life when reporter Matt Taibbi has drawn down on you, and today, Bachmann gets her turn over at Rolling Stone. A fusillade of metaphors ensue. According to Taibbi, "Bachmann is" the following:

  • "a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions"
  • "one of the scariest sights in the entire American cultural tableau"
  • "the T2 skeleton posing for a passport photo"
  • "grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy"
  • "frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she's built [inside her own mind], unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies."

And then you're past the first five paragraphs. Still, "Don't laugh," urges Taibbi.

Good advice, considering Bachmann's atop the most recent Zogby poll of GOP primary voters.

Go read the whole thing.

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