Well, it has been quite an interesting few days as Michele Bachmann has officially announced her presidential bid in the wake of a excellent performance in the first GOP debate, and the media has pounced in what can only be described as a Palinization of her. Some people aren’t convinced that she’s been subject to sexist treatment, thus this article had to be written. Here we go again, just like 2008.
I’ve heard it all regarding Michele Bachmann this week, including that I should be opposed to her because she’s stupid, evangelical, a flake, gaffe-ridden, unaccomplished, a cupcake, etc. Not once has someone offered the elegant opinion that I should be opposed because we hold different political opinions on some issues, but I will address that argument as well.
First, she’s not stupid. Not by any stretch of the imagination. One can’t complete a post-graduate degree from William & Mary and be stupid, for goodness sake. In addition, the woman practiced law for a number of years and performed rather competently in that role. A woman who has raised five children, all with excellent academic records, is likely not stupid either.
She might be an evangelical, but I should care why? Politics is riddled with evangelicals. But let’s look at the religious inclinations of the men in the game. Our current president was captive to Black Liberation Theology for some 20 years, one of the most poisonous and racist dogmas there is. He has surrounded himself with religious people, including Donnie McClurkin (as well as other “ex-gay” ministers) and Reverend Rick Warren, who are as unfriendly to gay issues as Bachmann is. Warren–and Obama–might even be more hostile. Meanwhile, the frontrunner of the GOP is a Mormon who wears secret underwear, among other bizarre practices, which is a topic the press has refused to touch. So tell me again why I should care about Bachmann’s religious views when what matters most to me are fiscal issues and breaking that glass ceiling? These are the two reasons I will vote for her despite the fact that we disagree on a number of social issues.
A flake? Seriously? Um, again, Romney is a Mormon and the only people in the religious spectrum flakier than Mormons are Scientologists. Let’s look at Dennis Kucinich, who is sure to run a presidential campaign in 2016, if not 2012. The man believes he has seen UFOs. Former Representative Weiner is so flaky he can’t tell the difference between a Direct Message and a public tweet on twitter (Might I recommend Twitter for Dummies, Tony? Can I call you Tony?). Ron Paul wants to restore us to the Gold Standard, which would take us back to 1928 (which isn’t as flaky as it seems, except to Wall Street and Washington/media insiders). Numerous male politicians on both sides of the aisle have been caught lying about their military records (something easy to check). Jesse Jackson, Jr. likely tried to buy Obama’s Senate seat while Gov. Blagojevich was definitely selling it.
Jesse Jackson, Sr. fathered a child out of wedlock (while he was married, of course), as did former CA governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now deceased Senator Strom Thurmond (a bi-racial child fathered by a racist! Does it get any flakier than that?); President Bill Clinton accepted blow jobs from a 21-year old intern in the White House. As if 21-year-olds and interns can be trusted with secrecy, duh. All of these men and their actions, which I am recalling just off the top of my head, are flaky, but have never, with the exception of Kucinich and Paul, been identified as “flaky” in the press. That’s because “flaky” is a word we like to apply to females and beta males, which would definitely characterize Kucinich and Paul.
Let’s take a close look at the so-called John Wayne “gaffe” the media manufactured. Here were the top headlines at Memeorandum as of June 27 at 7:55 PM, hours and hours after the fact:
The Wrong John Wayne–Washington Times
Bachmann Cites Wrong John Wayne; Praises Notorious Serial Killer–ThinkProgress
Michele Bachmann Picks Wrong John Wayne–The Politico
The story dominated the press all day long. Here’s why these headlines are sexist: Sexism is predicated on assumptions. These headlines are also predicated on assumptions. To believe the headlines you must believe that Michele Bachmann:
- Knew who John Wayne Gacy was; unlikely in any event.
- Knew he was born in Waterloo, IA; entirely improbable.
- Was deliberately referring to Gacy, or the facts of his biography; a malicious bold-faced lie.
In other words, you have to willfully obfuscate your own powers of reason. So who’s the flake again? The media or the readers who bought their idiocy, or both?
If anything, Michele Bachmann didn’t pick the wrong John Wayne, she just might have said the wrong town. But a headline like that does nothing to damage the chances of the only female running so far. Furthermore, THE John Wayne was, in fact, born in Iowa–Winterset to be exact–and his parents met, lived in, and conceived him in the town of Waterloo. So really it was just a hoopla over nothing more than the fact that Michele Bachmann has a vagina between her legs and the predominantly male media is not used to that. Nor does it want to get used to it. But get used to it they will, if moderate, independent, and conservative women have anything to say about it (and they do).
But let’s explore how the media reacted to the “gaffes” of the male GOP candidates. Do you remember when Pawlenty’s gaffe on Iraq-Iran dominated the media for an entire day? Yeah, me neither. That gaffe actually would have had consequences in the realm of foreign policy, but hey, that’s not even remotely as much fun as the insignificant fact that the sexist liberal media knows who an obscure gay serial killer was and where he was born (but apparently not where he perpetrated his crimes–CHICAGO!). What about when Pawlenty prematurely ejaculated his candidacy on the media and had to walk it back? Thought so. Regarding Romney, did his “I’m unemployed” gaffe/lie register much with the media? Just a little, but not all day and not headlines upon headlines at the very top of the page. I do remember the day that I could find no other story on Memeorandum but the story of how Mitt Romney wanted to “hang” something around Obama’s neck. NOT! But you know, the media did a great job of hanging a “peacetime-stimulus” gaffe around Romeny’s neck. It was reported in three or four local newspapers and the Huffington Post!
As far as unaccomplished, let’s look at her record. She has been defeated exactly one time in a run for political office. She put herself and her husband through school–as in, she worked to pay for it–and has also financed the educations of all her children who are in college or attended (four so far; the fifth is set to go next year). She raised five productive kids and fostered 23 more children. She owns property, has made herself semi-wealthy (from abject poverty, no less), and has made quite a name for herself in national politics in just 6 years. And that doesn’t even begin to touch on her legislative record, which is impressive as well. If anything, Michele Bachmann is exceptionally accomplished, far more so than even our current president, whose complete record has been ignored by the press since he emerged on the national scene in 2004.
I really hope I don’t have to explain how being referred to as a “cupcake“– especially by a Viagra-swilling geriatric dude–is sexist, but if I do, let me know just how ignorant you are in comments and I’ll respond.
So don’t tell me that I should give a shit what the media is saying about Michele Bachmann when it is obvious they are up to their old tried and true tricks of “vetting” the female candidate in ways they are not “vetting” the male candidates and have never “vetted” the male President of the United States. In short, perpetrating sexism against her. And if I catch you parroting these sexist memes, I will identify you as the sexist you are and refuse to take you seriously. I will also use you as a tool to help her get elected. Because no one has a better handle on the financial issues facing our country than Michele Bachmann and no other candidate so far has what it takes to break that glass ceiling. You need a vagina for that, suckers.