Yes, I believe that Michelle Bachmann might ask a crowd “Who likes white people?” I’d put nothing past her. But as a matter of actual fact, she actually came in from a rainstorm and asked the crowd “Who likes wet people?” I’m not sure whether Wonkette’s subtitling was deliberately mendacious or astoundingly incompetent. TPM has the fuller clip; there’s no ambiguity. Wonkette owes Bachmann a retraction. (You can be disgusted by her loud-mouthed religiosity and her pretense that she’s not doing it all as a political stunt; that doesn’t justify lying about it.)
I can’t even figure out at this point whether correcting an attack on Bachmann is tactically useful or harmful; I think the longer Bachmann stays in the race the more likely Romney is to be the nominee. He’d make a less horrible President than Perry, and he’d be a stronger candidate unless he draws a Teahadi challenger, which he might. If God knows what that adds up to, He hasn’t let me in on the secret.
What I’m sure of is that we can and should try to defeat Bachmann, Perry, Romney, and the rest of the wingnut crew by telling the truth about them, and nothing more. Like David against Goliath, we’ll fight better with our own weapons. The truth is our weapon; lies belong to Fox News. As the witch said to Odin: Watch with both eyes!
Footnote And no, this has nothing to do with centrism, or hippie-punching. It’s not “more progressive” to think that progressives are entitled to use falsehoods; it’s more progressive to believe that the truth is on the side of progress. Like Truman, we don’t have to give the bad guys Hell; we just have to tell the truth about them – relying on reality, with its well-known liberal bias – and they’ll think it’s Hell.