When Michelle Bachmann makes a mistake when talking about American history, it makes national news. And the mainstream media are beside themselves. Meanwhile, many of my liberal friends rush in with Facebook posts to show what a dunce she is.
When, however, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid makes such a mistake, in apparently prepared remarks on the Senate floor no less (as opposed to Bachmann’s slip-up in an unscripted interview), well, then the media pay it no heed, attributing his error, not to ignorance, but to human imperfection.
(They do hold Republicans to higher standards now don’t they?)
Take a gander at the clip below, starting at 0:51.
Reid is claiming that congressional Democrats balanced the budget. Problem is is that the only Congresses to pass balanced budgets in the 1990s were Republicans ones. Unlike Bachmann, Harry Reid is not just wrong about history, but about history in which he played a part. He served in Congress in the 1990s when the Republican majority balanced the federal budget. Mrs. Bachmann wasn’t around in the founding era.