PICK A TACK AND GO WITH IT…. Let’s put aside, at least for now, the question of whether Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of Congress’ most ridiculous members, deserved an invitation to appear on “Meet the Press” this morning. She is, as best as I can tell, humiliating herself on national television, so Bachmann may end up regretting the appearance anyway.

Instead, let’s note one of her comments this morning.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Sunday refused to walk back her comment comparing the Obama administration to a “gangster government.”

“I don’t take back my statement on gangster government,” said Bachmann, who is weighing a 2012 run for president, on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Of course not. Bachmann started using this line nearly two years ago — it never really caught on with anyone else — so she obviously isn’t prepared to walk it back.

Indeed, it’s part of a larger case the hysterical right-wing lawmaker has pushed repeatedly: this White House reminds her of an organized crime syndicate, using ruthless, Chicago-style hardball tactics intended to intimidate anyone who gets in the president’s way. It’s absurd, but it’s a picture Bachmann has tried to paint.

What’s interesting, though, is that Bachmann has also made the exact opposite argument, just as often.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) launched a verbal assault on President Obama this weekend, claiming that his foreign policy stance was so weak that it made “Jimmy Carter look like a Rambo tough-guy.”

I can see one argument or the other, but both at the same time?

President Obama, we’re told, is both too tough and too weak. He’s overly aggressive and overly passive. He’s a ruthless mobster and a feeble pushover.

Is it too much to ask that right-wing personalities pick one or the other? They can’t both be true.

Steve Benen

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.