Boggart Blog readers have probably never heard of Michelle Bachman (But God has never heard of Belgium so it’s no big deal)
Ms Bachman is the rather fetching (to the eyes of us gentlemen of a certain age) but totally bonkers U S Congresswoman who about this time last year was aborting her big to be Republican candidate in the U S Presidential election.
The most notable thing about her futile run for the presidency was the hate attacks she attracted from Obama supporters who claim to love women, gays and members of any minority you care to name except the one minority it is OK to hate, middle aged, solvent white, heterosexual males with no alcohol, drug or mental health issues and no potentially fatal / debilitating diseases.
Two Republican politicians have experienced genuine hatred from America’s left – led media in the last five years: Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Its no coincidence that they are ladies and probably no coincidence that they are both good looking.
They received a special scorn for being women who reject a narrow, liberal reading of feminism as well as getting the rough end of the classic misogynist view that women arent terribly suited to running the country. Palin was cast as dumb, Bachmann as shrill.
Both were more intelligent than many of their critics and both have left public life with their fan base intact and Sarah Palin, while no Judi Dench is a far better speaker than Mr. Hopey Changey autocue man Barack Obama) for all his cliches and banalities. Even if her speeches contain no more common sense than his, they certainly contain less personal pronouns.
Bachmann was never going to be President, she was not only up against the sexism of the Republican old guard but the naked hatred of the so called progressive liberals who, in their ecstasies of self loathing seem to have forgotten that people are legally entitled to hold different opinions to those approved by The White House.