Michele Bachmann’s DFL challenger, Tarryl Clark, is celebrating a new milestone in Minnesota political history: The Stillwater Republican’s Oct. 17, 2008 appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.
 
Longtime Bachmann watchers will recall the episode that put Bachmann on the national political map: Her now-famous utterance that the media should investigate members of Congress to determine whether they are “pro-America or anti-America.”
 
(She also made clear her concerns about which camp a certain U.S. senator from Illinois fit in).
 
The blowback from the appearance galvanized liberal critics across America. Ditto for Bachmann's conservative supporters, starting her on a media trajectory that has helped turn her 2010 reelection campaign into the most expensive House race in U.S. history.  
 
“We didn’t know it at the time,” says a Clark fundraising pitch that went out Tuesday, “but that was just the beginning.”
 
Here it is again, just for old time's sake:
   

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