Michele Bachmann got into the act of blaming recent natural disasters on God sending us a message. This time it’s about spending. Or it might be. She doesn’t make that clear. In fact, she quite obviously changes her argument around right in the middle of it. Speaking at a campaign rally in Florida, Bachmann said:
“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.”
Two entirely different statements, both of them false. The notion that God sends natural disasters to send policy messages on spending is simply moronic. It’s particularly moronic since natural disasters actually increase government spending. Apparently she thinks God is as dumb as she is.
But the second statement is just the typical demagoguery from a politician, invoking the voice of “the American people” as though there was agreement — and as though even a bare majority supported her. In fact, poll after poll has shown that voters prefer a combination of cuts and tax increases by about a 2-1 margin, which is the opposite of Bachmann’s position.
To make things even more bizarre, her campaign spokesman is claiming she was joking.
Bachmann’s presidential campaign is already walking back her comments, telling TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, “Obviously she was saying it in jest.”
Huh? There isn’t a hint of a joke in that statement. What could the joke possibly be? This is nonsense. The belief that God is sending messages through natural disasters is entirely in line with her religious views and the views of those she is speaking to. Why would she try to back away from her own dog whistle?
And then there’s this:
Plenty of people in the crowd said they were interested to learn more about Perry, but Bradenton retiree Philip Staples said he’s already sold on Bachmann. “She’s got the fire in the belly, and she’s a straight shooter. She’s one of the common people,” he said.
It’s things like this that make me roll my eyes. This is a person who appears to be quite incapable of thinking. He’s capable of regurgitating meaningless slogans and platitudes — three of them in the space of two sentences — but none of them mean anything at all. It reminds me of an argument I once had with an older brother who told me he supported Ronald Reagan because “he’s got balls.” It’s nothing but gibberish, totally devoid of thought. And yet this is the mentality of the average voter.