I’m really getting disgusted with ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: ‘I Hope’ Higher Unemployment Will Help My Campaign | Appearing on CNBC this morning, presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked about this morning’s dismal jobs report and whether higher unemployment rates might help her chances of winning in 2012. “Does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up, your chances of winning office also go up?” host Carl Quintanilla asked. “Well, that could be. Again, I hope so,” Bachmann replied.
This is a classic case of what Bob Somerby calls the “Cult of the offhand comment.”
While what ThinkProgress reports is technically true, it’s obvious if you watch the whole clip that Bachmann wasn’t wishing for a rise in the unemployment rate to help her candidacy. What she was inartfully saying was that if unemployment continues to rise she hopes people will look to her as someone who can fix the problem.
I’m not saying she’s right, in fact I doubt it. I’m just sick of progressive groups and individuals throwing away all their credibility in the name of tribalism. I am really sick of having to defend people I don’t like or support.