From 50,000 Feet–Or Mars?

Conservatives have begun to figure out that they’ve really stepped in it by making the administration’s contraception coverage mandate a big issue. So they’re struggling to reframe it.

Who better to turn to for this task than that fair and balanced message-meister from Minnesota?

If you couldn’t stand to watch the video, I’ll summarize: The Blaze’s Will Cain asked Bachmann for a “50,000 feet” perspective on the contraception mandate issue, making it about ObamaCare rather than, well, contraception. And Bachmann promptly served up an idea from way out there: the claim that Kathleen Sebelius might one fine day announce that the federal government would no longer allow reimbursements for hospital delivery of more than one baby per family.

Even The Blaze’s panelists couldn’t quite believe Bachmann was just making up, out of whole cloth, the suggestion the administration might want to adopt China’s notorious “One Child” policy. But when you think about it, it’s no more preposterous than the “death panel” smear, which God knows how many people believe. So you can hardly blame Bachmann for giving it a try.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.