Oh Michele Bachmann, what to do with you. Am I the only person who, when seeing Bachmann on television, instantly starts to hear the theme to Looney Tunes in my head? I swear one day I’m going to venture up to the great state of Minnesota to visit the district in which she was elected just so I can meet the type of people who would vote for this woman.
She’s a different kind of ridiculous than say, someone like Sarah Palin. Palin just strikes me as a narcissistic bimbo who really wants to be in the spotlight, but she’s just not intelligent enough to do so.
Bachmann, heck, I have no idea how she was ever elected to office. Just listening to her talk I feel like I’m watching a really bad Saturday Night Live skit instead of a serious politician. I mean, she can’t be serious with this stuff – can she?
Case in point – she managed to not only offend just about every African-American and person who voted for President Obama in general, she managed to insult him and essentially every woman in the country as well.
All in one comment. It’s astounding. That takes real skill.
She was speaking about the reason why she felt President Obama was elected and her take on a woman becoming President of the United States. Bachmann said:
“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt. People don’t hold guilt for a woman.”
She then went on to say that people don’t have a “pent-up desire” to see a female president.
Ironic considering, as a female, she ran for president!
But even if you want to ignore that complete idiocy, she literally somehow managed to be completely racist and sexist in the same comment.
First, as a liberal, I can honestly say that I’ve never once encountered anyone who voted for President Obama out of “guilt” because he was half-black.
And if he hadn’t won the Democratic nomination in 2008, Hillary would have – and she would have still beaten McCain handily.
Second, she completely discredits President Obama as a person. She essentially relegates him, and his historic place as the first African-American president, to nothing more than some talking point that has absolutely no merit whatsoever.
But as always Republicans prove once again that they don’t really view Obama as the President of the United States, they view him as the black President of the United States.
Then I love how she basically says a woman won’t be president any time soon for the aforementioned guilt not being there for women, and the fact that people don’t have a “pent-up desire” to see a female president.
Apparently Ms. Bachmann doesn’t look at the polls that show Hillary Clinton the clear favorite for 2016. So, yes, it seems millions of Americans are quite excited to see our first female elected president. And in 2016 – we will.
I believe, as well as most liberals do, that we should just view one another as people. Sure, I get the history of President Obama being the first president who’s African-American or that Hillary Clinton will be our first female president, but when I see these people in office I see them for what they’ve been elected as – not their gender or the color of their skin.
When I look at President Obama I don’t see a black man, I just see a man. When I see Hillary Clinton I see the person who’ll be our next president, I don’t see the woman I hope becomes our next president.
It’s ignorance like what Bachmann (and many other conservatives) spew constantly that shows the real problem within the GOP. They’re still clearly, and without a doubt, the party for the good ol’ boy straight, Christian and everyone else is clearly secondary.
Take for instance the way they talk about immigration reform. It’s clearly based off polling data that shows them they need to gain some of the Latino vote if they want to remain nationally relevant. But that same data also shows that their base doesn’t support it. That base being mostly comprised of old, white folks in rural areas. And they sure as heck don’t like brown people being in this country.
In 2012 they ran a candidate whose “immigration plan” was what he called self-deportation. You know, make it so miserable for undocumented immigrants in the United States that they would “self-deport” themselves back home.
But as much as I hate to say it, I love people like Michele Bachmann. People like her are so radical, so ignorant, that they lack the intelligence to hide the true meaning of what they say.
She says it, it’s blatantly ignorant, and she offers little or no apologies for whatever she says. Other Republicans with more intelligence are much better at hiding what is it they really mean. They’re less likely to be gaffe prone.
So when someone like Bachmann says ridiculous comments like what she said about people voting for Obama because they felt “guilt” towards African-Americans or that she doesn’t think the country wants a female to become president – I think she’s saying exactly what most conservatives are thinking.
Michele Bachmann just lacks the intelligence to know not to say it.