And Speaking of Republican Presidential Candidates Who Need to Do a Better Job at Bringing Their A-Game . . .

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 20, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Michele Bachmann:

For Michele Bachmann, the hits keep coming. While on the campaign trail earlier this week, she mixed up Elvis Presley’s birthday with the day he died. Now, she has apparently brought an Elvis-era menace back from the dead, citing in an interview the growing might of—the Soviet Union.

According to the liberal website Think Progress, Bachmann, whose grasp of history on the trail at times has been somewhat shaky, said during a radio interview Thursday that Americans today are mindful of the threat posed by a rising U.S.S.R., which, like Elvis, left the building a long, long time ago.

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“What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward,” Bachmann said on conservative activist Jay Sekulow’s show. “And especially with this very bad debt ceiling bill, what we have done is given a favor to President Obama, and the first thing he’ll whack is 500 billion out of the military defense at a time when we’re fighting three wars. People recognize that.”

It was the second historical gaffe in a week for the Minnesota congresswoman, who was flying high after her win in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa last weekend.

Bachmann, of course, famously suggested earlier this year that the battle of Lexington and Concord, which kicked off the Revolutionary War, was fought in New Hampshire. And she flubbed John Wayne’s Iowa birthplace in June.

And then during the GOP debate last week in Ames, she claimed that Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating validated her belief that the debt ceiling should not have been raised, when the rating agency said that exactly the opposite was the case.

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