Recognizing Genius

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TPM Reader RZ checks in on the Bachmann/Velvet Underground analogy

Aside from the frightening idea of Bachmann’s speech writer as Lou Reed, this is an excellent comparison. Just as the Velvet Underground were famously said to have sold only 1,000 copies of their first record, but everyone who bought a copy started a band, so, too, Bachmann’s brand of crazy is out of the hearing range of most people, but every crazy idea she comes up with is then translated to a more popular approach by someone who’s listening.

Of course, for me, well, as VU puts it in Venus in Furs, when I think about the ravings of either Gov. Palin or Rep. Bachmann, I am tired, I am weary, I could sleep for a thousand years.

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