You have to love Representative Michelle Bachmann. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, no worries. She’s a relatively obscure Republican back-bencher in the House from Minnesota most famous for her blowup on TV last year with Chris Matthews.
In that segment, she intimated that then Senator Obama was “anti-American” and suggested that several members of Congress might also be anti-American. When pressed for names, she suggested a commission be created to determine the answer. That two-minute clip almost cost her her seat in a district that is overwhelmingly Republican.
It appears as though her close call hasn’t diminished her capacity for saying wonderfully ignorant things. Salon reported yesterday on an exchange Bachmann had with former Vice President Al Gore during inauguration last week in which she effectively taunted him about global warming due to this single temperature-appropriate (cold) day in Washington:
“On the Inauguration Day, Dr. Tom Price [GOP U.S. congressman from Georgia] can attest to this–we were freezing to death, sitting there during the inauguration, with our blankets huddled up there,” Bachmann said. “We were asking Al Gore when he came in through the door, ‘Hey Al, is it cold enough for you down there? This isn’t exactly a global warming day.’”
You can catch the whole piece here.
She also claimed on a conference call earlier this week that according to her meteorologist brother, we’re actually experiencing global cooling, not global warming. Take that, Al Gore!
My guess is that Rep. Bachmann is angling for a science adviser position in the new administration.