I was born and raised in the former, so maybe I have an unfair advantage over Michele Bachmann. Or maybe someone making noises about running for president of the United States should have a somewhat better grasp of American history than the wild-eyed teaharpy displayed this morning during a speech in Manchester (the one in New Hampshire):
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire got off to a rocky start on Saturday morning when she misstated a key fact about the American Revolution in a speech to a group of local conservative activists and students.
“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.”
In fact, the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that marked the first military engagements of the American Revolution took place in Massachusetts. But Bachmann did not correct her error when she referenced the battles again later in her speech.
I wish I could say that this sort of thing startles me, but it no longer does. It also doesn’t surprise me that Bachmann’s supporters, whoever they are, not only aren’t given pause by this kind of aggravated ignorance but somehow rally around it. After all, this is pretty close to the truth: