“That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” – Michele Bachmann
Bachmann, the GOP’s prohibitive front-runner in Iowa, recently stated: “John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”
Well, the actor John Wayne was born nearly 150 miles away in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. – the serial killer – was born in Chicago, but later moved to Waterloo. Gacy, also known as the Killer Clown, committed the rape and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Twenty-six of Gacy’s victims were buried in the crawlspace of his home, three others elsewhere on his property and four victims were discarded in a nearby river. At his execution, Gacy’s last words were: “Kiss my ass.”
To her credit, Bachmann actually admitted she was wrong – something quite rare for a politician. The parents of John Wayne the actor lived in Waterloo for a time, she pointed out. But the technicalities were beside the point, she added.
“Of course, the main point I was making are the sensibilities of John Wayne, which is patriotism, love of country, standing up for our nation, that positive enthusiasm is what America’s all about,” Bachmann said.
She still rejects evolution, denies Climate Change, and refuses to even consider ending the Bush tax cuts for the extremely wealthy. So while she’s more credible than Sarah Palin, she’s far from the best choice to lead our country.