Tuesday, June 28, 2011

But Did John Wayne Ever Play A Clown?

What a rough road it has been for fledgling presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) so far.
First, Chris Wallace calls her a “flake” on, of all places, Fox News – inspiring the ideologically hostile media to launch a piranha-like assault on her. Then Tom Petty asks her to stop playing “American Girl” at her campaign rallies.
Then, things really got embarrassing for the three-term congresswoman.
At an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa, Bachmann seemed to confuse America’s all-time greatest movie hero with its all-time worst mass murderer.
Bachmann stated that John Wayne was from Waterloo, and that she shared his patriotic fervor. In reality, The Duke was born in Winterset, Iowa – 150 miles away.
Adding insult to injury, the media latched onto the fact that notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy once lived in Waterloo. Executed in 1994, Gacy murdered 33 young men and boys, burying most of them in the crawlspace under his house.
But as gaffes go, I think it is fairer to say that Bachmann confused two Iowa towns, and not Rooster Cogburn with Pogo the Clown.
Anyone who is up on his or her serial killer history knows that Gacy was born in Chicago. That is where he committed his crimes, and Illinois is where he was tried, convicted, and executed for them. He only lived in Waterloo for a very brief time.
Accusing Bachmann of confusing Good John with Bad John smacks of a media-driven contrivance. That said, when I saw the images of John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy side by side in the Los Angeles Times today, I couldn’t help but laugh. From a pop culture standpoint, it doesn’t get weirder or more random than that.
I question whether Bachmann is qualified to be president, but I think this kind of orgiastic feeding frenzy on the part of the media will help her by making her a sympathetic character, if not a martyr, among conservatives.
That said, let’s hope that, if she discusses the heroes of the Korean War (which started 51 years ago this month), she doesn’t confuse Matthew Ridgway with Gary Ridgway.

1 comment:

  1. All hail to Astroturf TeaBparty Queen (ATQ), Michele Bachmann. Isn’t she the one that who rails against the Federal Government while every year she benefits from farm subsidies and adopts kids to work them on same farm. Oh yeah she is also a self-proclaimed historian on the US Founding Fathers and US history. The sad truth she will lie to get her way, what honor is there in that? But if you manipulate our US history and double down when you are found out, well don’t go crying to Fake News when you lose. Kind of like the Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the "Bitter Quitter" (Most recent quitter of her Bus Tour to restore America). We remember what happen when after “W” manipulate Florida (w/ the help of brother Jebb) to win the presidency and his failure to win any of the two wars he started that devastated our treasury and ruined our economy for the next 50 years. If the GOP thinks that Michele Bachmann is the answer, good luck with that. After her “John Wayne” mishap and Tom Petty, calling her a thief, well you know, same old Bachmann, you have a winner GOP.