The congresswoman's wild-eyed persona has returned as she sounds the not-quite-factual alarm about a "suicide-bomber conference" on American soil.
Remember when Michele Bachmann was the crazy right-wing congresswoman liberals loved to hate? The one who could be counted on to make inflammatory, nutty-sounding accusations on a regular basis, like when she said the media should investigate and expose the "anti-American views" of congressional liberals?
Well, good old Michele Bachmann is back.
Her out-there statements once inspired outraged Democrats across the country to send millions in unsolicited donations to her little-known congressional opponent. But then she made a bid for seriousness. As a presidential candidate, she mostly managed to keep the more wild-eyed aspects of her political persona under wraps. In debates, she regularly outshone her more credentialed competitors, and last August, she won the Ames straw poll.
But her presidential campaign ended in tears -- she dropped out after her sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses -- and now she appears to be back at her trademark paranoid alarmism. In a speech last week, Bachmann devoted her remarks to raising the alarm about an upcoming "suicide-bomber conference" in Chicago. She called on the president to stop it on the grounds that it was "subversive." She warned the audience, "We could wake up some morning wondering, 'How in the world did America come under sharia law?'"