BACHMANN’S TROUBLES GO FROM BAD TO WORSE…. Five days after Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called for a new round of McCarthyism, her troubles keep getting worse. At this point, her Democratic opponent, El Tinklenberg, has raised $1 million in the wake of Bachmann’s madness, while Bachmann is still trying to explain herself.

In the latest twist, Bachmann told voters yesterday that she’d never seen “Hardball” before, and is convinced that Chris Matthews had set a “trap” and she “stepped into it.”

As excuses go, this is pretty silly. Bachmann, a member of Congress, said some crazy things. Matthews had the wherewithal to follow up and inquire further, and Bachmann responded by saying even crazier things. That’s not a “trap,” it’s an “interview.”

Besides, Bachmann was just as ridiculous yesterday when she told far-right blogger Hugh Hewitt, “Barack Obama’s views are against America.” I guess Hewitt is setting traps for Bachmann, too, that rascal.

Complicating matters, the Huffington Post reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee “is pulling its media purchases from Bachmann’s race.”

Six days ago, Bachmann seemed poised for an easy re-election campaign. Today, she’s in freefall.

Sometimes, there are consequences for McCarthyism.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.