Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) leaves after a news conference May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Oh, how the Ames Straw Poll mighty have fallen. In the meantime, Mother Jones has recycled a piece from 2011 listing some of Bachmann’s greatest hits, and I humbly submit a few more below. It’s also worth revisiting her Bad Lip Reading sound bite from the presidential campaign.

A floor speech in 2011:

“Obamacare, as we know, is the crown jewel of socialism.”

A 2008 Hardball interview (here’s the full context of the quote she’s referring to):


“Remember, it was Michelle Obama who said she’s only recently proud of her country. And so these are very anti-American views.”

A 2006 debate against opponent Patty Wetterling:

“I don’t think that it has been established yet as a fact that global warming is the issue of the day … one thing that we need to do is look at the science.”


A 2005 Unity Works video:

“If we allow this to happen, group marriage, polygamy, and things much worse may not be far behind.”

(Though, to her credit, Bachmann was simply displaying her prescience of Slate’s editorial memos.)

And on a less flip note, Helen LaFave, Bachmann’s stepsister who is gay, had this to say about the outgoing congresswoman in 2006:

“I have not had any contact with her for a couple of years and she’s never discussed this with me and I wanted to remind her that she does have family members that this affects.”

Hit the comments to tell me what other inspirational quotes I’m missing. Shine on, you thrill-seeking sharks.