Michele Bachman drops out of race for U.S. President

4 Jan

Yesterday was the first contest in the primary race for president here in the U.S: the Iowa Caucuses Michele Bachmann placed 6th in her bid for the republican party nomination with 5% of the vote. Today she announced that she is pulling out of the race.

Ms. Bachmann came into the discussion here on Left Brain/Right Brain after her claim that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. Even though she had no real evidence to back up her claims, she stood by them. Her comments received even more publicity when a bioethicist put up a $10,000 prize should she produce the evidence she claimed she had. After all this she did finally try to distance herself from that mistake three months later. As one might imagine, she became a favorite of groups who promote the idea that vaccines caused an autism epidemic.

While I doubt her vaccine comment was the prime reason she failed in her bid, it is being cited as one of her major mistakes. On Politico, it even rises to being #3 on top 10 misstatements of the GOP primary.

On an encouraging side note. In some discussions in the press, Ms. Bachmann is noted as having received criticism from the “autism community”. From Politico:

Leaving aside the fact that the terminology has long been outdated to describe people with developmental disabilities, Bachmann’s claim immediately drew fire from vaccination advocates, medical groups and the autism community.

With luck we can leave behind the legacy of the “autism community” being the promoters of bad information about vaccines.

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4 Responses to “Michele Bachman drops out of race for U.S. President”

  1. MikeMa January 5, 2012 at 01:19 #

    While Bachmann’s departure is not a bit surprising, she leaves behind a full clown car careening toward NH. Her idiocy around autism was a small fraction of the total amount of her idiocy and few were likely injured by it.

    On the other hand, it was just reported that Western Australia is suffering a whooping cough epidemic due, in large part, to Meryl Dorey’s efforts. Dorey has (arguably) less stature than Bachmann but a way higher body count for her anti-vax efforts. Link

  2. Matthew Cline January 5, 2012 at 04:16 #

    Your article about Wakefield’s new lawsuit (https://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2012/01/andrew-wakefield-takes-to-the-courts-again/) has gone missing.

    • Sullivan January 5, 2012 at 18:28 #

      Matthew Cline,

      sorry about that. The article popped up accidentally for less than a minute because I put the wrong time in the scheduler. It was long enough for Google News and Twitter to pick it up, though.

  3. Clay January 5, 2012 at 22:45 #

    Funny thing on twitter:

    KimJongNumberUn @KimJongNumberUn

    Glad Bachmann’s out of the race, yo. The thought of her getting nuclear weapons makes me crap myself. #iacaucus

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