Bachmann's inflated version of John Quincy Adams's antislavery record exemplifies how she and other Tea Party advocates remold the past into a founding-era-Disneyland version bolstering their political agenda.
For a presidential candidate that claims race is meaningless when it comes to his candidacy, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain sure takes great delight in rubbing race in the faces of his white conservative backers.
The widespread availability of multiple cable channels, cell phones, handheld devices, computers, and the Internet has taken America back more than 100 years to a time when navigators, or "influentials," ruled.
I'm sure the GOP and "Tea Party" faithful have their own list of deal breakers. But the way things are going these days -- 17 months before the next presidential election -- those on the political right are quickly running out of viable contenders.
In recent months the GOP has come to Obama's rescue. In rapid succession it has ticked off millions with its bellicose threat to meat-ax spending on every vital government program around and even threaten to shut down the government.