1) This Newsweek Cover and the Ensuing "Bachmann Eyes" Meme
Remember when this came out and everyone was like, "Is this for real?" Oh, it was for real, and then the internet double-triple made sure of it by putting Bachmann eyes on everything, including Steve Buscemi.
2) The Glitter-Bombing of the Bachmann Anti-Gay 'Clinic'
Marcus and Michele Bachmann have remained fairly tight-lipped about what exactly goes on at their Christian counseling "reparative therapy" clinic, even amid accusations that the clinic tries to "cure" gay people of their homosexuality. One gay rights group planted hidden cameras, but this one went for more of a Pride approach. (Watch video below.)
3) The One About the HPV Vaccine Causing Mental Retardation
Well, this was embarrassing.
4) McCarthyism 2.0
Michele Bachmann wasn't the first Republican campaigner to go after Obama's American-ness, but she was the first (to our knowledge) to call on journalists to investigate Obama and members of Congress with a "penetrating expose" to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America." Too bad the House Un-American Activities Committee went out of style 50 years ago, and was denounced by a former president as "the most un-American thing in America."
5) Confusion About Slavery
Bachmann's confusion about American slavery cropped up twice in her campaign, first when she mentioned in a January 2011 speech that the Founding Fathers "worked tirelessly" to end slavery, and then again when she signed something called "The Marriage Vow" pledge. The document, also signed by presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, included this lil' tidbit:
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.
Ah, 2012 is looking better already.