Another day, another dumb-ass failure by someone who thinks they’re ready to lead the country.
Michele Bachmann has joined Rick Perry in sharing the dubious honor of being the only two GOP candidates for president who now only get media attention when they say something really dumb. To be fair, I guess this is a better position than Herman Cain, who mostly gets attention for accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Michele Bachmann added to her list of gaffes today by insisting that if elected, she’d shut down the US embassy in Iran, just like England did. Problem is, we don’t have an embassy in Iran. We haven’t had one since 1979, when Iranian militants held a group of US embassy workers hostage for over a year.
Appearing in Waverly, Iowa today, Bachmann spoke about UK’s recent shutdown of its Iranian embassy: “That’s exactly what I would do [if I were president],” said Bachmann. “We wouldn’t have an embassy in Iran. I wouldn’t allow that to be there.”
Sure, it might not be as bad as Dan Quayle telling an elementary-schooler that potato is spelled “potatoe,” but knowing the status of US diplomatic relations with Iran seems like something you’d definitely want in running for the White House.
Combine this with Bachmann’s other foreign policy gaffes, like not knowing Libya is in Africa, as well as plain old dumb goofs, such as wishing Elvis a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death and saying vaccinations cause “retardation,” and you’ve got a doozy of a candidate on your hands.
Of course Bachmann’s camp instantly tried to spin the gaffe into a misunderstanding, insisting what she meant is that in a hypothetical world, if she were president and there were an Iranian embassy, she would shut it down. Bachmann, “is fully aware that we do not have an embassy in Iran and have not had one since 1980″ her spokesman said.
Luckily this hypothetical world of Bachmann’s presidency is all but guaranteed to remain hypothetical.
Welcome back to the spotlight, Ms. Bachmann.
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