Posted by | August 18, 2011 13:42 | Filed under: Top Stories

Michele Bachmann is not a doctor, even though she has tried to play one.

“I’m not only a lawyer, I have a postdoctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary,” she told Fox News’ Chris Wallace in June. “I work in serious scholarship.”

It’s hard to have a “postdoctorate degree” when you don’t have a doctorate in the first place.

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Bachmann traveled the state as an education activist, she went by “Dr. Michele Bachmann,” even though she had never obtained nor sought the advanced degree that’s a prerequisite for the title…

Mary Cecconi, a Minnesota education lobbyist who handed Bachmann her only defeat in a 1999 Stillwater school board race, recalls seeing the future presidential candidate speak at an area church shortly after that election. …that was the first time I’d ever heard someone with a J.D. called a ‘doctor.'” Bachmann’s 2002 anti-Profile [of Learning] film, Guinea Pig Kids, likewise twice identified the then-state senator as “Dr. Michele Bachmann.”

Bachmann was active opposing a curriculum in Minnesota called “Profile of Learning” and was supported in this by a group called the “Maple River Education Coalition.”

…in 2000, when Bachmann knocked off incumbent GOP state Sen. Gary Laidig at the district nominating convention, the MREC fired off a news release repeatedly invoking their candidate’s honorarium. “On the first ballot, Dr. Michele Bachmann was endorsed 62% to Laidig’s 38%,” it read. “Dr. Bachmann herself, who arrived at her convention with no intention of running, was shocked by her victory.” (The narrative, promoted by the congresswoman, that she was an unlikely candidate is false—Bachmann had announced her candidacy months earlier and laid the groundwork for the upset by stacking the convention with anti-Profile activists.)

Bachmann has a J.D. (juris doctor) degree, a standard law degree, from Oral Roberts University, but it is not appropriate to refer to oneself as a “doctor” based on that degree.

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