The Spirit of John Wayne

It’s not unusual for presidential candidates to evoke iconic cowboy John Wayne, but I wonder if the current generation of candidates should recondsider that strategy, as today’s candidates don’t seem to have the same grasp of the Wayne facts and essentials: case in point, Michelle Bachmann:

The presidential hopeful — who was born and grew up in Waterloo as a child before moving to Minnesota — said, “Well, what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”

The Washington Times points out one slight problem with the Tea Party favorite’s remarks: The John Wayne with roots in Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who was executed by lethal injection in 1994 after being convicted of 33 murders.

John Wayne — the late movie star, director and producer — was born in Winterset, Iowa, but appears to have no specific connection to Waterloo.

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