Wacky Congresswoman Thinks Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh Are the Voices of America -- Who Is She Kidding?
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The question that King was trying to get at, and that Bachmann could not quite wrap her head around, was the electoral reality that, even if President Obama and the Democrats stumble, the Republican party is going to have a hard time renewing itself with a "critical mass" that hugs the far fringes of the political continuum.
Perhaps that is why, when Bachmann was finished with her rumination, King did not try to argue with her.
He simply chuckled and said: "That's funny."
John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent.