In a victory for sane people everywhere, Michele Bachmann has announced she's dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. And, as an added bonus, along with providing the relief that there's now no chance she'll be elected president this year, she provided me with a couple of final chuckles at her expense.
First of all, in her withdrawal speech, she stated that after hearing the people of Iowa, she had "decided to stand aside." Now maybe I'm being a bit too much of a language geek here, but to me "stand aside" carries implications that there's someone behind you whose way you're getting out of. If Mitt Romney dropped out of the race because he thought Rick Santorum would do a better job, that would be standing aside. Bachmann dropping out is just another straggler dropping off the back of the pack.
Then, as an added bonus, she said she would "continue fighting to defeat the president's agenda of socialism." Really, Michele? The president's agenda of socialism? Has she ever met a socialist? Or read anything about socialism? Or even looked the word up in a dictionary? On the other hand, I guess it's easy to make yourself look successful if you fight against something that doesn't exist. Maybe I could run for president on the strength of my fight to protect the American people from Bigfoot, the Loup Garou, and the Jersey Devil.