Michele Bachmann’s Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

A string of misadventures for the congresswoman.

Times have been tough for Michele Bachmann these last few days.

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First, her speech at CPAC featured several accusations that President Obama and the First Family are living a “lifestyle of excess” at the expense of the American taxpayer:

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Her assertions, based on a self-published, unsourced book by a Republican lobbyist, failed to impress the Washington Post’s fact checker, which awarded her four Pinocchios.

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In the same speech, Bachmann also claimed that Alzheimer’s disease could be cured if government regulation got out of the way, earning her a “Pants On Fire” award from Politifact.

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Then, CNN’s Dana Bash confronted Bachmann on camera about the distortions, and the exchange turned into an unintentionally hilarious walk-and-talk that could easily be used for inspiration in an episode of next season’s House of Cards:

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This caught the attention of Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, who reached out to Bachmann’s people for a chance to tell her side of the story within the friendly confines of The O’Reilly Factor. Bachmann passed, which turned out to be a big mistake:

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Does a conservative politician who has lost almost all political juice after a spectacularly bad presidential run, and who now won’t even defend her positions on Fox News, have any other place to go but up?

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