| Michele Bachmann's campaign has moved swiftly to stem damage inflicted by the mainstream media's efforts to damn her by using her actual words without the proper subtext. It was widely reported today that in a Florida campaign stop Sunday she told her audience: |
"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."
"Obviously she was saying it in jest," her spokesman Alice Stewart told Talking Points Memo. "I mean, come on, you don't find that obvious? Mimi is using a little of that famous Bachmann humor and, I don't know, all the people there thought it was pretty funny. They laughed like there was no tomorrow, which there might not be unless these politicians listen to God and start to reign in the spending. See, I just used the same joke, and I can't believe you didn't chuckle at least a little."
Stunned by both the criticism and the unsettling sense that their sense of humor was sorely lacking, the mainstream media rushed to make corrections stating that Bachmann had indeed been joking about the storm which killed over two dozen people, displaced thousands of others, left millions without power, and caused billions of dollars worth of property damage. Summoning his inner Youngman, Jonathon Capehart found that Bachmann's remarks actually were pretty darn hilarious, particularly the near perfect sit-com twist where God finds out the unintended consequences of his wacky actions:
"Never mind that the billions of dollars in damages will cause local, state and federal governments to spend money they don’t have for repairs. Thus adding to the morbid obesity diet Bachmann claims God is trying to get the politicians to rein in. Lord, have mercy."
"Um, I guess it kind of takes some of the levity out of things when you put it like that," Stewart said in a follow-up missive. "But you know what's still pretty funny? The idea that people would go on a diet that makes them morbidly obese."
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