Bachmann exit helps GOP scrub stupid away

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Bachmann said she is not disappearing and vows to keep fighting for America, a thought I’m sure makes Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cringe.

He’s trying to limit the number of ignorant, controversial statements that derailed more than one campaign during the 2012 election. Bachmann is a walking ignorant, controversial statement waiting to happen.

“We have to be persistent but patient,” Priebus said in response to the handful of notable Republicans who have suggested impeaching Obama over the IRS scandal. “I think where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If we present ourselves to the American people as intelligent, we’re going to be in a great place as far as showing that this administration is not transparent, is obsessed with power and hates dissent. But you don’t call for impeachment until you have evidence.”

Bachmann said it was worse than Watergate, and no, she presented no evidence to support such claims.

The fact is, the brand of spitfire politics Bachmann, Palin et al. employ is usually not patient or intelligent. It’s often irresponsible hyperbole designed to generate buzz as opposed to inform. If directed properly, it’s an effective way to win an election. But the problem with spitfire is that it’s sometimes hard to control.

The sisterhood was hard to control, and on more than one occasion, the party was burned because of it. That’s why slowly, methodically, politically, the most famous members of 2010’s sisterhood have been extinguished, done in by the fact that far too often they had no idea what they were talking about.

Think about it: Three years ago, Palin was a rock star who had Democrats on the run.

Now she’s writing a Christmas book.

Thankfully, Susan Collins was too levelheaded to be a part of the group. Unfortunately, Olympia Snowe was too levelheaded to stay a part of Congress. One can only hope scrubbing stupid away can help bring respect back to a party that handed a lot of it over in exchange for the 2010 midterm election.

Assuming Bachmann survives the ethics investigation, I’m sure a new book is in her future as well. I just hope bookstores have the good sense to put it under “fiction.”

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LZ GRANDERSON

Editor’s note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and was a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary. He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter @locs_n_laughs.
 

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