Vote 2012

GOP presidential nomination watch

There’s so much bizarre and amusing stuff coming out of the campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination that it’s hard to keep up. But here are three recent highlights:

–Michele Bachmann– who said in 2006 that she got a degree in tax law because her husband told her to do it and the Bible commands wives to be submissive to their husbands– now says that she worked as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service “because the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy.’ So I went to the inside to learn how they work because I wanted to beat them.”

So how do we know she isn’t some kind of weird Manchurian candidate who wants to become president for similar subversive reasons?

–Jon Huntsman, who is trying to appeal to the shrinking reasonable wing of the Republican party, tweeted:

“To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

This came after Rick Perry called man-made climate change a “theory that has not yet been proven” and said the theory of evolution has “got some gaps in it.”

–Bruce Bartlett, who served at the Department of the Treasury under President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan, said: “Rick Perry’s an idiot, and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that.”