Michele Bachmann has hilarious William F. Buckley-worshiping son

Young Lucas Bachmann advises his mother's campaign, consults a thesaurus when writing letters to newspapers

By Alex Pareene
March 25, 2011 10:05PM (UTC)
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Michele Bachmann and her family at her swearing-in ceremony (Jeff Malet Photography)

What a treat. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota congresswoman and Mirror Universe America's next president, has an amazing 28-year-old son named Lucas who apparently emulates the late William F. Buckley. And he is one of her "closest advisers."

The Daily Beast has the details, from a Star Tribune article about the Bachmann clan: "Lucas lists WFB—along with India—as one of his two interests on his Facebook page."

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Lucas wrote a tribute to Buckley, upon the National Review founder's death, that he sent to a local paper:

“[M]ovement intellects such as Buckley are indelible,” Lucas Bachmann wrote. "Like the majority of conservatives, I watched and marveled at his eloquent didacticism drawn from a prolix lexicon that can only be described as Buckleyesque."

Haha "prolix lexicon." That is indeed "Buckleyesque," a term that generally means "writing like an asshole."

Lucas Bachmann is what happens when a professional right-wing culture warrior home-schools her children. If you view public schooling as liberal indoctrination you educate your children through conservative indoctrination. The Bachmann children -- five biological and 23 foster, for which the Minnesota government generously gives her a huge cash handout -- are all schooled in-house, though they are apparently allowed to go to college. As kids they probably all read Murray Rothbard instead of Beverly Cleary.

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This Lucas Bachmann revelation is supposed to be surprising, because his mother "hates" those "Washington elites" so much, and because Buckley himself would've immediately pegged her as a dimwit nutter, but the conservative elites need their useful idiots, and a clownish anti-intellectual can quite easily produce a clownish pseudo-intellectual.


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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