Say what you want about Michele Bachmann, but you’d be a fool to call her timid, weak, or unwilling to take her message right into the belly of the beast that is the “Main Stream Media” and left-driven outlets. The woman is fearless in that regard. Having made a name for herself with appearances on MSNBC as a Congresswoman, she seems determined to take that model a step further as a “candidate” by agreeing to every interview that comes her way. Tuesday morning, she made an appearance on The Today Show for an interview with host Matt Lauer. I’ve posted the video below, so I’ll let you watch it for yourself and you can catch me on the other side for my reaction.
1.) What’s with the “angry” business? Is that going to be the new narrative? She’s an angry hot-head unfit for the post because she’s got a short fuse and a quick right jab?
2.) Palinized? Cute phrase that Lauer was quick to make clear was not of his own creation. Amy Kremer – and not Matt Lauer fears Bachmann will be “Palinized.” Lauer wants to know if Bachmann “understands” what that term means. Nice, right? He threw it out there because everyone fully expects Bachmann to receive similar treatment to that which has been afforded Gov Palin. What I don’t think he expected was for Bachmann to blow off Lauer’s attempt to cast her in the role of “poor innocent victim.” Her answer was a resounding I’m in it to win it… bring it on. The reaction comes in stark contrast to that which has been the protocol response from Gov Palin. She would have sent a message via Facebook saying “Reload” or something along those lines, and then added whatever media outlet offended her to the no-talk list. Bachmann appears ready to play the role of fighter in this race and she looks ready to go toe-to-toe with any on-comer. Notice at the end of the interview she says, “We’ll be back again soon.” Translation? Eat it Matt Lauer!!
I have to admit, I’ve not always been in the camp of Bachmann supporters for a number of reasons, but I respect that she’s taking this approach. It’s a refreshing change. Let’s just be real about one thing. Call it sexist, call it chauvinist, call it what you will; but female candidates have a substantial hurdle to overcome in this regard. Some feel the need – as they do with Gov Palin – to come to her defense when they would not make such an effort for a male candidate. They turn the candidate or political figure into a “victim” rather than a leader. They seem to forget that men too face scrutiny by assuming that women must be getting an extra dose of the unnecessary vetting just because they’re women. Bachmann appears to be having none of that, and I commend her for it. No one wants to vote for a victim – real, perceived, or otherwise.
3.) At what point does Sarah Palin get in this race or simply go away for a while? Her surfacing today in Iowa means a day full of Palin questions for Bachmann and the rest of the field. The Bachmann team was smart to move the show to New Hampshire for the day to avoid the Mitt Romney overshadowing that Palin’s arrival will surely bring, but if Palin is not to be a candidate in this race, doesn’t she owe it to the rest of the field – and her Party – to step aside for a while? If Bachmann is to emerge as a legitimate contender with any hope of winning the general election should she win the primary, she is going to need Sarah Palin’s assistance to make the Sarah Palin comparisons go away. And the best thing Sarah Palin could do to further that end would be to simply go away; at least for a while.