Tea Party favorite and gaffe machine Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) started her presidential campaign with … surprise surprise … a gaffe.

As the Washington Post reported:

On “Fox News Sunday,” Michele Bachmann told Chris Wallace, “Of course a person has to be careful with statements that they make. I think that’s true.” Two days later, she may have wished she had followed her own advice a bit more closely. After her presidential campaign kickoff, Bachmann stepped into a cultural joke mindfield by comparing herself to John Wayne of Waterloo, Iowa. The only John Wayne that ever lived in Waterloo was the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Of course, the real astonishing thing is that a person from Waterloo, Iowa, a city of 68,000 people (and falling) did not know that John “Duke” Wayne, the actor, was not born in her hometown, but Gacy, who dressed as a clown and killed 33 people, was.

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