Michele Bachmann Tries, Fails To Quote Shakespeare During House Debate…

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was afforded 90 seconds to speak on the floor of the House this morning, leading up to the vote to end air traffic controller furloughs, which ended up passing 361-41. Rather than use her time to express why she planned to vote for the measure, Bachmann chose to criticize the speeches made by some of her Democratic colleagues, leading to the unfortunately mangled Shakespeare quote: “Thou protestest too much.”

Bachmann singled out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for being “extremely passionate” about losses to programs like Head Start and others that benefit children under sequestration when it was President Obama who signed the sequestration bill, and may have even thought it up. “There were numerous Republicans that voted against the sequestration because we knew all of these calamities were in the future. And so it reminds me of the Shakespeare line: ‘Thou protestest too much.'”

Her point is taken, but the actual line, spoken by Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, reads, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Though it is just as often misquoted as “Thou doth protest too much,” which is the direction in which Bachmann seems to have been headed. No one is saying that the congresswoman from Minnesota needs to know her Shakespeare by heart, but if she’s going to quote it on the House floor…

Watch video below, via C-SPAN:

(h/t Daily Intelligencer)

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