Michele Bachmann Loves Vaccines After All

8 Dec

Remember Michele Bachmann? Republican presidential candidate in the US? The one who raised a stir with her comments that the gardasil vaccine causes mental retardation?

Well, according to Benjy Sarlin at Talking Points Memo, she actually loves vaccines.

He writes:

Michele Bachman, who was condemned as an anti-vaccination conspiracy theorist after suggesting that Gardasil causes “mental retardation,” said Wednesday that she was in fact a big supporter of vaccines. Not only that, she thinks there are too many regulations on them.

She sees vaccines as “cures” which are a miracle and have changed the course of victory:

Bachmann told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington that cures for polio and other diseases “literally changed the course of history and this was good.” Until the government got in the way, that is: “[T]he problem is that bureaucracy has risen up to such an extent that today because of the FDA and other measures we’re no longer seeing the miracle of cures that were coming forward,” she said.

Thank you, Ms. Bachmann. I don’t know if this will undo the damage you caused, but it is a good step forward.

16 Responses to “Michele Bachmann Loves Vaccines After All”

  1. Science Mom December 9, 2011 at 01:10 #

    Good grief, the woman is a menace. There is no cure for polio and vaccines =/= cure. Too many regulations on vaccines?! Talk about an about face and a suspicious one at that.

  2. stanley seigler December 9, 2011 at 01:28 #

    re: Good grief, the woman is a menace

    pols are a menance…

  3. Science Mom December 9, 2011 at 02:07 #

    pols are a menance…

    If you mean politicians, then no argument from me. Bachmann is just extra so.

    • Sullivan December 9, 2011 at 02:42 #

      My favorite Bachmann-ism so far is on gay marriage.

      Jane Schmidt, a high school student in Waverly, Iowa, recently asked Michele Bachmann, “Why can’t same-sex couples get married?”

      “They can get married,” Bachmann responded, “but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.”

      They just can’t marry the person they love.

  4. MikeMa December 9, 2011 at 16:50 #

    Bachmann sees herself as gaffe-proof. If everything you say and do is insane or ignorant beyond words, pointing out a gaffe becomes a coal to Newcastle waste of time.

    I suspect she hasn’t really changed her mind, just her audience. In the right crowd she would promise any number of contradictory things.
    a) Anti-vax slimeballs: Safer vaccines or more study of settled science
    b) Teabaggers: Less gov’t regulation
    c) Christofacists: Prayer in school, jail or forced therapy for gays
    d) Anybody: Anything

    She is a politician and as such a liar. There are so few honest pols that their existence is almost mythic. Michele is uniquely unqualified for office in a way few others are. I certainly hope her district will wake up soon and recognize this fact.

  5. Science Mom December 9, 2011 at 18:51 #

    @ Sullivan and MikeMa, I know she’s just so precious isn’t she? I hope her district wakes up because the alternative is just frightful; she represents a district who think just like her.

  6. passionlessDrone December 9, 2011 at 20:26 #

    @Science Mom –

    Hehe. Indeed. Did you know she’s on an armed services committee in Congress? Nice.

    – pD

  7. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. December 9, 2011 at 22:57 #

    the way it looks to me, this Bachmann woman is a fucking idiot! end of!

  8. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. December 9, 2011 at 23:04 #

    comment in moderation. i think those of you who know me of old will know why. i have a low opinion of that woman ….

  9. Clay December 10, 2011 at 10:03 #

    @David – I can’t decide which Republican candidate disgusts me the most. It’s as though the right-wing mind-hive uttered, “Send in the clowns”, and so this bunch showed up. The only one who seems like a decent guy is Jon Huntsman, but he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance. I’ve only donated $45 to Obama and the Demos, and am not giving any more, because if he can’t beat whichever chump becomes the Repub nominee, then he doesn’t deserve to win.

  10. daedalus2u December 10, 2011 at 13:25 #

    Clay, I am not going to tell you what to do, but people should not vote for someone because he/she “deserves” to win, but rather because a particular person winning would be better for the country and the people who comprise the country and also the rest of the world.

  11. Clay December 10, 2011 at 22:57 #

    @daedalus – Oh, I’ll vote for him alright, but what I was saying was like, “If the Yankees can’t beat a minor league team, then they’d deserve to be laughed off the field.”

    In ’08, I donated $1360, but he really shouldn’t need that much help from me this year.

  12. daedalus2u December 11, 2011 at 02:15 #

    Clay, I agree with you about the Yankees, but baseball is just a game.

    The POTUS controls thousands of nuclear weapons. Some of the potential GOP nominees would have no qualms about using them, as only a true chickenhawk can. That frightens me as nothing else can.

  13. stanley seigler December 11, 2011 at 05:22 #

    @daedalus2u re: GOP nominees

    off autism…but;

    watched FDR’s “a day in infamy speech”, then the GOP candidates debate…the stark difference is truly unbelievable…

    as possibly mentioned. “where have all the leaders gone, long time passing”

  14. BA December 12, 2011 at 04:31 #

    Go Sahhwk!

  15. Julian Frost December 12, 2011 at 07:10 #

    [T]he problem is that bureaucracy has risen up to such an extent that today because of the FDA and other measures we’re no longer seeing the miracle of cures that were coming for.

    Not only is that hideously ungrammatical and ambiguous, it’s ignorant. Does she actually not realise why the FDA is in place?

    On second thought, that’s a rhetorical question.

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