Michele Bachmann is an extremist who spouts weird conspiracy theories, garbles history and foreign policy, and tells untruths with such conviction that she’s less a liar than a denizen of an alterative reality. She burns through staffers and appears to have a megalomaniacal sense of her own destiny. She built her career by demonizing gay people, and even as she touted her passion for liberty, she planned to use the presidency to intrude on the sex lives of American citizens.
Michelle Goldberg, on the Beast, who says it was actually none of the above that did Bachmann in—rather it was the deep-seeded sexism on the Christian right that may be to blame for her downfall in Iowa.