Bachmann takes her information from strangers
From the MSNBC site, September 13 (you can see the Today Show interview here):
TAMPA, FL—During an appearance on the “TODAY” Show this morning, GOP candidate Michele Bachmann told NBC’s Matt Lauer that a woman approached her following the GOP debate last night to recount a story of an HPV shot gone wrong.Bachmann is a candidate for President of the United States. She is supposed to be a serious person. Yet she repeats something told to her by a total stranger about a medical/scientific subject as though it were true. Shouldn’t she have found out if there were documented cases of Gardasil causing mental retardation before she went national with it? Is it Bachmann’s habit to believe and repeat everything she is told? My doubts that she has the intelligence and judgment to be a viable presidential nominee and president have just increased.
If Bachmann were president, would she say in a State of the Union address, “I had a man come up to me during my visit to Tampa yesterday who said he was a former al Qaeda agent, and he told me that al Qaeda has smuggled 24 nuclear bombs across the Mexican border into the U.S.”?
UPDATE: The American Pediatric Association has issued a statement saying there is no evidence that the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation.
What it sounds like is that Bachmann just isn’t hard enough to do the job. In this case her reaction is primarily emotional. Maybe it’s all geared for women voters.Alexis Zarkov writes:
This looks very bad for Bachmann. This HPV controversy reminds me of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine bogus connection to autism. Many parents of autistic children believed MMR caused their children to become autistic. The myth got a boost when a 1998 article in Lancet seemed to confirm what parents suspected. But that article was a complete hoax. The author had a conflict of interest and was found guilty of serious professional misconduct and removed from the British medical registry, meaning he can no longer practice medicine. Nevertheless many parents continue to believe MMR causes autism, and no amount of scientific evidence to the contrary can convince them. When parents face this kind of tragedy their imaginations run wild and they have lock on to something. At one time it was demons, today it’s vaccines. Bachmann should have enough cultural literacy to know that people fall prey to this kind of magical thinking. This and other incidents lead me to believe she’s unfit even for being a representative, let alone president.September 16
When I first discussed Bachmann’s impending candidacy last spring, I expressed both my doubts about her abilities and my hopes that she would improve. In fact I softened my real thoughts because I didn’t want to sound overly negative about her. What I thought, but didn’t say at the time, was that she had a robotic quality. Subsequently I saw interviews of her in which she seemed more intelligent and in command and less robotic, and I felt better about her candidacy, though I still kept repeating my doubts about her abilities and said that if she was to be viable, she had to show herself as a leader, not just as a list of conservative positions.
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