Michele Bachmann made what appears to be another gaffe on history. When asked by ABC this morning to explain why she once said that the nation's Founding Fathers fought tirelessly to end slavery, Bachmann replied:
Well if you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery….
The problem: John Quincy Adams was just 8 years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
But instead of accusing ABC of asking a "gotcha" question -- or complaining of media bias -- Bachmann simply moved on to the next question. And that's what she also did after FOX News host Chris Wallace asked if she was a "flake" on Sunday.
"He did apologize, and I was happy to accept his apology," Bachmann told FOX's Hannity last night. "And we'll move on."
That's a clear contrast with Sarah Palin, who rarely moves on.
While we've complained about the constant comparisons between Bachmann and Palin -- though both are conservative women, they have different records and political identities -- Palin has been much more willing to engage her critics and the news media.
After all, Palin directly challenged David Letterman after the late-night comedian joked about one of her daughters; she was involved in a public spat with the father of her grandson; and she routinely pushes back against the media, like this Tweet from yesterday:
When NBC's Matt Lauer asked Bachmann on "TODAY" this morning if she feared being "Palin-ized" -- i.e., attacked the same way Palin was -- Bachmann replied this way:
“That’s something that goes with the territory… There will be attacks to come.”