Something's Bothering Me About The Anti-Bachmann Frenzy
If people want to talk about why they oppose Michele Bachmann's candidacy based on particular political views, I'm all ears. But what's been going on in the last week is so unhinged, isn't it?
First we were told that because she used to be Lutheran -- to repeat, used to be Lutheran! -- she would have trouble with Catholic voters on account of the Reformation.
Then we were told that her husband's counseling approach is beyond the pale. That's because instead of helping people change their very sex -- something that will get you pages of celebratory media coverage -- he runs a practice that helps people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. So while people can choose their gender, sex and genitalia, they are forbidden from choosing to do anything with same-sex attraction other than embrace it. And anyone who does want to help people with unwanted same-sex attraction must be condemned daily in the pages of the New York Times.
And now we're told that Bachmann has a nasty case of the vapors. Or wait, debilitating headaches. Now, I suppose this might not be just a story planted by angry ex-staffers or a particularly talented rival campaign. Maybe it really is true and the woman who has held office for years and raised a large family and is now a sitting U.S. Representative is just too fragile for the duties we've entrusted to men such as FDR, JFK, LBJ and Bill Clinton. Maybe that's true. Maybe this isn't just code for "her lady parts scare me." I don't know.
But what I'd really like is for people to move away from the Lutheran-counseling-headache charges and on to more substance. If she's a bad candidate, certainly we can do much better than this, right?