Now that she’s struggling in the polls, Michele Bachmann’s crying “sexism.”
Michele Bachmann’s new book, “Core of Conviction,” is all about her presidential campaign. Co-written with Fox News pundit and former Mike Huckabee adviser Jim Pinkerton, the book charts Bachmann’s path from Jimmy Carter volunteer to conservative crusader, highlighting throughout her political tenacity and personal faith.
“As Proverbs tell us, we can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer,” she writes of her entry into politics, keeping up her “God chose me” argument.
The book avoids much of the ongoing campaign’s ups and downs, Bachmann also uses the book to address one of this election’s more ridiculous controversies: a July news story that Bachmann suffers from “debilitating” migraines.
Bachmann accused rivals of leaking the story in order to raise doubts about her health, and then-opponent Tim Pawlenty did just that when he told Politico that such headaches may require Bachmann to take time off from the presidency. Many observers, including myself, saw the story as more than a little sexist.
Bachmann agrees, writing in her book, “While I am reluctant to cite sexism as a political issue, sexism certainly can exist.”
“When migraines briefly became a campaign issue for me, it appeared that political foes were maybe playing the gender card. After all, at one time or another, all of us, both men and women, suffer pain and get sick,” muses Bachmann, trying to remain both vague and pointed.
The Republican congresswoman again floated accusations of political sexism this morning, when she appeared on NBC’s ‘Today Show.’ Asked whether she feels debate moderators ignore her because she’s a woman, Bachmann referenced an email sent by CBS News political director John Dickerson saying Bachmann is “not going to get many questions” in their post debate web show because “she’s nearly off the charts.” It would be better to get more time with a candidate ranking higher in the polls.
Bachmann implied today that Dickerson was motivated by less-than-chivalrous interests.
“I don’t know if it’s because I’m a woman. I have no idea. I know they deliberately chose not to do it,” she said, signaling to the show’s primarily female audience that she may be maliciously ignored.
But the funny thing is that Bachmann’s doing the precise same thing: using gender for political purposes. She didn’t claim sexism about “well known liberal reporter” Dickerson’s email, nor did she do so when the migraine story began circulating.
Suddenly suggesting sexism as her campaign sinks in the polls is not about fighting for women’s rights; it’s about scoring points with voters, and is just as underhanded as using a candidate’s gender as a litmus test.
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