By Luke Brinker
In an uncharacteristic bow to reality, Rep. Michele Bachmann ended her quest for the White House today, after finishing sixth in last night’s Iowa caucuses.
I can think of no better tribute to the Minnesota congresswoman than a compilation of some of her more notorious moments on the campaign trail. Here, in video form, are some of Bachmann’s greatest hits.
On working for the IRS: In August, the fiercely anti-tax Bachmann explained her employment history with the IRS by stating citing the dictum that “the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy.’”
On vaccinations and retardation: Following a September debate in which she took Texas Gov. Rick Perry to task for ordering Texas schoolgirls to receive the vaccination against HPV, Bachmann told the Today show about a supporter who approached her with the information that the vaccination made her daughter retarded.
On Revolutionary War history: In a speech in Concord, New Hampshire, Bachmann erroneously identified the state as the location of Lexington and Concord.
On the founding fathers and slavery: Like any good Tea Party member, Bachmann extols the virtues of the nation’s founders. Her affinity for them is so great that she incorrectly claimed this year that they were committed to ending slavery.
On the need for McCarthyism: Shortly before the 2008 election, Bachmann rose to prominence by calling for an investigation of anti-Americanism among members of Congress.