We Don’t Have To Be Afraid of Michelle Bachmann

Michelle Bachmann

Is this our Nemesis?

For a few years, those who watch the extremist wing of the republican party have seen Michelle Bachmann as an example of one of the scariest and most worrying examples of the term “Right Wing Nut Job”. She called for investigations of members of Congress, claiming that there were “anti-american” members in both houses. She also is paranoid of gay people demanding basic rights, and has advocated the old chestnut of a Federal Marriage Amendment, and using that to enforce repeal of marriage equality in the states that have it.

Most recently she advocated destroying the EPA, because it dares stand in the way of unethical business. In her mind, America was far better during the time of the robber barons….

So the idea of a Bachmann presidency is terrifying, not just on social, and economic issues, but given her fanatical christianity I’d be hoping there was a psych test before she were allowed near the nuclear football. One thing that has got everybody a bit jumpy is that she went from 4% in the republican polls, to 19% after her debate performance, and people are thinking she now has a real chance of being the Republican candidate.

We look at the republican party, and for the most part we see a group of right wing nut-jobs who are climbing over each other to win the “who can do the best iranian president impression”, and Michelle Bachmann is probably winning that competition, closely followed by Rick “please don’t google me” Santorum. However most people including most republicans don’t actually want to live under the Christian equivalent of the Ayatollah.

Now there is a kernel of die hard fundamentalists in the republican party, which I would guess is somewhere around the 20% mark. Michelle Bachmann just came on the scene, they saw her, they loved her, she now has their support, but can she bring the rest of the Republicans into the fold. Honestly even though primary elections do swing towards the extreme, can she garner enough support from the sane wing of her party, who have to know that she is unelectable.

So yes she’s scary, and if she were to become president, then it would be more terrifying than Zombie Reagan coming back, but she is less likely to win the presidency than Zombie Reagan turning up on the campaign circuit. We can all breath a sigh of relief, and get our kicks by google bombing her off the internet. I suggest “Michelle Bachmann” and “Haldol” .

NOM tells us something interesting about the Republican 2012 spread

I was reading this piece on the NOM blog about lack of DOMA defense, and I was planning to write a piece about how it proves that the Republicans are LGBTQIA-phobic bigots.

However despite not finding the smoking gun I was looking for, I found something rather hopeful.

If you look at the 8 candidates interviewed, who exclude the self-aggrandizing Herman Cain, the results are rather interesting. Of the 8 selected, only one actually said “I will continue to do everything in my power to fight back against Barack Obama’s attacks on Marriage” from everyone’s favorite lunatic Michelle Bachmann.

We’ve got a ” This is yet another example of our president’s effort to erode the very traditions that have made our country the greatest nation on earth.” from Rick ‘really doesn’t like his internet nickname’ Santorum. A light confused rebuke from Mike “god’s law before the constitution'” Huckabee “That’s hypocritical. It’s hypocritical and it’s dishonest, because when he ran for president, Chris, he said he supported traditional marriage. He’s on the record. Now, the question is was he dishonest then? Is he dishonest now? Or did he change his view, and if he did when and why?”. This triad of half hearted candidates is rounded off by Tim “i’m a real conservative, i have chest hair and everything” Pawlenty, in one full breath saying “I firmly believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, as President Obama told us he believed in 2008. But now President Obama and his Justice Department would have us believe that traditional marriage laws are unconstitutional. I oppose the Justice Department’s political decision to reverse its policy defending the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal statute passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. The job of the Justice Department is to enforce and defend laws passed by Congress and signed by the President. I am disappointed that the President and his Justice Department have abdicated this responsibility, all for the sake of partisan political gain”.

Newt Gingrich came out with “The President is replacing the rule of law with the rule of Obama. The President swore an oath on the Bible to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed, not to decide which laws are and which are not constitutional.”. All Mitt Romney could say was the decision was “an unfortunate mistake, the President has an obligation as chief executive to enforce and defend the laws of the nation. He should not abdicate that responsibility based on his own interpretations and personal views.”.

The new kid on the block, Mitch Daniels admitted the issue was unimportant for him via a spokeswoman saying “hasn’t, commented and with other things we have going on here right now, he has no plans.”.

Finally the reality TV star who makes Snooki look presidential, Sarah Palin actually ignored the call and has yet to get back to NOM.

So we have one virulently anti-marriage equality candidate, who probably needs some anti-psychotics to make the black helicopters go away. Three people who say “traditional marriage is being attacked” but fail to take a strong anti-equality position. There’s two “president isn’t doing his duty in defending an indefensible law” candidates. On candidate who’s not given it any thought to the situation, and one candidate who can’t be bothered to return a phone call.

Now I’m not saying that this group of comedy misfits are not dangerous or LGBTQIA-phobic and given the chance would love to burn all of us at the stake or at least drive us back into the closet. What I am saying is that these guys aren’t exactly coming out guns-a-blazing for hatred… I guess they know gay-bashing isn’t going to win them 2012…

I’m not expecting the President to actually grow a backbone and fight for equality, because that sounds too much like being a progressive, but at least the country has changed enough that the gay bashers are worried that they can’t exactly win votes from independents by bashing LGBTQIA folk.