I want to get this out of the way upfront. Many people like to ridicule me whenever I say anything nice about Michele Bachmann. Bring it on!!!! As people make fun of me for my positive comments about the now-departing Congresswoman, they really prove the points I'm about to make.
My main premise today is that the historic vitriol against Michele Bachmann is a combination of dislike of her positions, mockery of her sometimes nutty views, attempts to marginalize an opponent, but most of all illustrating the HUGE dollop of sexism rolled into the brew.
As you all know by now, Bachmann is retiring from the House after this term. I'm actually sad to see her go. I agreed with little that she espoused and found some of her comments nutty (but really-----ALL politicians make nutty comments). But I truly admired her spirit and parts of her style. In a world that treats women pretty badly, and treated her worse than most, she stood up to it with glee and courage and stood by her convictions. I would venture to say that most women would have easily wilted after the first few volleys of what Bachmann was put through, but not Michele. All of us can learn a thing or two from her about what true courage is----especially women.
I was totally outraged to see this piece about her by John Avlon at the Daily Beast, a new low for the left-leaning internet rag and a real new low for him. His basic assumption is that Michele Bachmann was the worst thing to have ever happened to American politics-----that she was on a par or worse than Joe McCarthy. REALLY??????? WTF????
Making such an assumption has sexism written all over it--------the sexism of the left of which this blog has been complaining about since its inception. Oh yes, there is sexism from the right. It's just that the left is blind to its sexism and holds itself morally superior for its non-sexist take on things. What a joke.
For Michele Bachmann to have been the worst thing to have ever happened to this country, she would have had to have held considerably more power than that which she has held. She is one of 435 other representatives and holds about as much power as most of them, give or take a shred of nanopower here or there. The only way that this comment could be made by Avlon (and others) is their perception and panic at the idea that a woman with whom they disagree gets a platform. We have so many-----SO MANY----men who hold the same profile as Bachmann, but few of them get the kind of insidious, gut-wrenching fear reaction that Bachmann got. She combined the ugly stereotypes of uppity woman and ditz to such a degree that it drove people crazy----on the left especially. I repeat, the men who did the same thing? What did they get? Reactions ranging from adulation (Ron Paul) to ho hum (many male reps of both parties working anonymously) to redemption (Anthony Weiner).
Worse, Avlon gets to feel like a big man for putting Bachmann down in such a fashion. Read the comments to his piece and you will see the sexist dog-whistling and chest beating going on beginning with "ding-dong the witch is dead" (honestly----can't those dolts think up anything more predictable for a sexist reaction) and going downhill from there. Avlon also gets to dog-whistle to the lefty tribe about how THIS is how we treat uppity women we don't agree with. I might add, that although this blog doesn't really take on racist issues much, the same holds true for African-Americans whose opinions the leftists don't agree with.
Last I looked, we are all entitled to our own opinions according to the First Amendment, so Avlon and his ilk have my blessing to continue to make themselves look like hypocritical jackasses as often as they want. I just become apoplectic when they take the moral high ground on sexism. The right hand apparently doesn't know what the left hand is doing.
And should anyone from the left go after me, I would like to remind them that I am an INDEPENDENT. I'm not shilling for either party. As far as I'm concerned, both parties fail the sexism test. But I am sad to see Michelle Bachmann go. Her attitude, spunk, and bravery encouraged me many times to go further in many directions in my life that I was holding back on. And she broke more than one glass ceiling in her soon-to-be eight year tenure. So bye bye Michelle Bachmann----wishing you all the best!!!!