By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
As a cub reporter, I covered the King’s funeral after he died of a drug overdose on Aug. 16, 1977, and tromped through Memphis woods to dodge security and get a closer look, then returned for the first anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birthday, Jan. 8…
Both dates are sacred pop culture days to remember, to mourn and celebrate for millions of fans who consider Memphis Mecca and virtually deify Elvis, a lightning rod for that Nascar demo of voters no Presidential candidate can do without.
But Michele Bachmann (R-Mn.) may have to after blowing a shameless, no brainer attempt to align the heart of her candidacy with America’s bedrock voters, Elvis fans, calling for an all-out, Hound Dog, Blue Suede appreciation of the King on his Birthday…
Only it wasn’t…Oops.
It was August 16, 2011…34 years after he was found dead of a drug overdose in the bathroom at Graceland when The Tea Party Queen, a GOP primary frontrunner, danced to the mike on the campaign trail, happy as a clam Tuesday with a Happy Birthday shout out to a rock ghost that will surely be compared to Sarah Palin’s Big Oops when the ex governor claimed she could “see Russia from Alaska.”
The question remains: will Bachmann’s gaffe take on political litmus test status with voters trying to assess the heart, soul and brain of their future Commander in Chief? If nothing else, could it be used by opponents to smear the candidate as out of touch with America’s rock history…and unfit to go Dancing With The Stars?
Or….. was it deliberate? A calculated gaffe dreamed by a saavy GOP braintrust taking a lead from the Palin Playbook — score free media and mainstream their best goofball by teeing her up to get recruited by SNL or Jon Stewart bookers…?
Listen out for official spin that calls it a minor messup Rep. Bachmann can blow off, gambling people will forget, while leveraging her name recognition.
Tina Fey, where art thou?