Elvis Presley is a symbol of America–a poor boy who armed only with his Gods-given talent, changed the face of music, became a huge, decades-long success, then died bloated and drug addicted on his toilet. Dead on throne, so appropriate for the King.  But still he lives on in cultural consciousness.

And thus it seems appropriate that Elvis’ memory should be invoked by Michele Bachmann, flushed with success from her Iowa straw man poll victory. Today on the campaign trail in Spartanburg, SC, Michele exhorted the crowd:

Before we get started, let’s all say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Elvis Presley today. You can’t do better than Elvis Presley.

One small thing: Today is the 34th anniversary of Elvis’ death à la commode. Presley was born on January 8, the same day as David Bowie. (Michele, if you’re reading this, Bowie is still alive.  But it’d be really cool if you’d mention him sometime, since you know, he invented the Bowie knife and all.)

Born, died? John Wayne? John Wayne Gacy? Details like this could prove to be Bachmann’s Waterloo.


And this one goes out to Obama and Congress. The King is dead! Long live the King!

photos: video screen grabs