Take Five (American Girl Walking on Sunshine edition)

ONE: Flakes One to Know One

Michele Bachmann, Teabagger extraordinaire and airhead apparent to the Republican presidential nomination, has had a busy week, formally declaring her candidacy, talking about stuff and then trying to explain what she meant, aggravating musicians, fending off accusations that she’s a two-faced recipient of government largesse, and more.

Beats working, I guess, and anything that keeps Bachmann from doing her business in “The People’s House” is arguably all to the good.

The festivities began with an already notorious appearance on Fox News Sunday, during which the reliably oily Chris Wallace asked her point blank:

Are you a flake?

Bachmann’s response should have been to kick the little bastard squarely in the crotch, but she retained her dignity, marking the first time (and the last, I devoutly hope) that I’ve ever felt a stir of admiration for her:

“Well, I think that would be insulting to say something like that because I’m a serious person…”

Putting aside whether that’s true or not, she easily made Wallace look like the flake he is, and for that she deserves thanks, but since I sort of set the tone by using the word “airhead” above, I’m now going to continue mocking her.

TWO: “Sont les mots qui vont très bien ensemble…”

The newly-minted Bachmann campaign hit a sour note when their use of the Tom Petty song “American Girl” reportedly prompted the irate composer to send Bachmann a cease-and-desist letter.

A Republican making unauthorized use of a tune written by a liberal seems pretty unpresidential, but let’s not be too hasty. Petty’s been down this road before, and the last time around, fortune, Ralph Nader and five Supreme Court Justices conspired to put the song pilferer in the White House:

After Petty’s 1989 single “I Won’t Back Down” was used at Bush campaign events, publisher Randall Wixen (of Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. and Gone Gator Music) wrote the letter at the behest of Petty. It states, “It has recently come to our attention that your presidential campaign has been using the above-referenced song in connection with your presidential bid. Please be advised that this use has not been approved . . . Any use made by you or your campaign creates, either intentionally or unintentionally, the impression that you and your campaign have been endorsed by Tom Petty, which is not true.” Continue reading Take Five (American Girl Walking on Sunshine edition)