"All of us felt really bad for him tonight."—GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, after Texas Governor Rick Perry stumbled mid-debate to name the third Cabinet department he would eliminate if he wins the Presidency, quoted in Luke Johnson, “Rick Perry'Oops' Moment: Newt Gingrich Jokes About GOP Candidate,” The Huffington Post, November 10, 2011
Campaign observers accustomed to Bachmann assailing her primary rivals as “frugal socialists” are liable to have done a double-take when the Minnesota Representative commented on the Texan’s tangled two-step the other night at the debate.
There are two ways to react to her sudden attack of compassion. The first is the puzzled, wry comment of James Bond upon learning that Pussy Galore had come to his aid in Goldfinger: “I must have aroused her maternal instincts.”
The other is a variation, substituting “Washington” for “Hollywood” and “candidate’s” for “producer’s,” on the immortal quote by the great radio comedian Fred Allen: “You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.”
Guess which notion I subscribe to?