On Wednesday, The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields interviewed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and asked for her opinions on the death of liberal playwright and political author Gore Vidal. Bachmann told Fields that Vidal’s “snotty, mocking attitude” made her a conservative.
Bachmann told Fields that she read Vidal’s book Burr while growing up as a young and idealistic liberal, but the tone of the author’s writing turned her off to liberalism.
So Bachmann's basically saying that she completely changed her entire political philosophy and world view, not because she was introduced to any new information, or arguments, or data that made her question herself, but because she thought Vidal sounded like a dick.
"I had been a Democrat and I’d actually worked on Jimmy Carter’s campaign and I was reading a novel by Gore Vidal and when I was reading it he was mocking the Founding Fathers and all of the sudden it just occurred to me, I set the book down on my lap, I looked out the window of a train I was riding in and I thought to myself, 'I don’t think I’m a Democrat. I think I really am a Republican'."
It's completely unsurprising that someone like Bachmann would make such a transition for such an inane, superficial and childish reason. Yet oddly, and depressingly enough, this is still not the stupidest argument I've heard in terms of life changing decisions. So I guess that's something?
I will say this, though. Despite the fact that I find Bachmann's reason for her um...evolution, if you will (oh man), I am always fascinated at seeing people change their political or religious view points. The more extreme one tends to be before their transformation, the more intriguing it seems. My own journey towards becoming a dirty commie isn't nearly as interesting as Bachmann's. As far back as I can remember, I was generally a moderate. Religious, but open minded, not dogmatic, who had no problem tolerating people of other races and religions. This would have made me already predisposed to further brainwashing from Pro-Hitler AND Pro-Stalin forces in the Democratic Party.
Have any of you drastically changed positions on politics? Feel free to share in the comments section.