So I was going to spend time today going over the Republican candidates I can’t stand and wouldn’t vote for if you lobotomized me (Romney, Palin, Huckabee, DeMint, and Santorum). However, after my last blog I got a bit of an unexpected (although disturbingly familiar response).
I will support (in order from those I support most to least) Giuliani, Christie, Gingrich, Bachman, and Pawlenty… do you want to guess who I got the most flack over? Michelle Bachman.
This strikes me as odd. Granted she’s not a great public speaker. And that rebuttal clearly needed a better production team (who know where to put the teleprompter). But we’re Republicans; we don’t necessarily trust good speakers. Good public speakers are demagogues and 9 times out of 10 out for themselves or for an ideology that can’t be won with reason and need charisma to make it popular (Hitler, Lenin, Mao are of course all famous examples). Further most of the problems from last night’s rebuttal that were her fault seem to come from nervousness (probably because it is her first true national speech).
However, nothing she said was out of line with conservative beliefs…Nothing! The words, the ideas, the images could have just as easily come from Goldwater or Reagan. Yet I got from conservatives that “she’s crazy”, “I’m a moron” and the like. Now as far as I know Michelle Bachman has said nothing and done nothing to put her out of line with traditional Goldwater/Reagan conservatism. Certainly she’s out of step with the wimpy middle ground of the GOP that would like to make deals with the Dems and sell out our conservative beliefs for good PR, best exemplified by McCain and anyone named Bush. ….And I would like to make this very clear, if you can show me where she is out of line with this line of traditionally rational, fact based, and patriotic thought, I will withdraw my support of her and agree with you that she needs to be booted out. However I am aware of no such position, statement, or action.
And this is where the arguments I had (several abusive email included) drive me insane. They were vitriolic and hateful. Yes I often insult the intelligence, the patriotism, the character, and quality of lots of people. Often I will use purely derogatory insults. But when I do, it is an aspect of emotional pathos to punctuate an overly long and dull argument. I need to keep the emotional argument as well as the intellectual one. And I don’t think I’ve ever given an insult I can’t back up with facts…
…Facts that were oddly lacking in the arguments against Bachman.
And these arguments seemed familiar. I remember them against Palin in the days before she showed herself to be utterly without standard or character and nothing more than an opportunist demagogue. I remember these arguments made by liberals against Hillary when she was running against Obama. No reason, no facts, just vitriol. Hmmm… what do Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, and Hillary Clinton all have in common? I wonder. It sure as hell ain’t politics. It’s not quality of character. The only thing I can see is gender. It seems to be from both sides. Both liberals and conservatives seem to despise her in equal degree yet I know of no policy reason for this. Same toward Hillary. Liberals and conservatives both seemed to be more opposed to a moderate like Clinton than toward a radical like Obama. It makes no rational sense to me.
This sadly reinforces a deep belief of mine that America still has some very big problems with sexism and misogynism. I’m not saying that that everyone who attacks these politicians is sexist, but I argue that society as a whole still has this problem and it’s bigger than most think…
Or prove me wrong. Prove to me that Bachman isn’t in line with Goldwater/Reagan conservatism. Prove to me that she has no skill in an executive position (difficult given her skill in raising money).
Bachman is not my first choice; Giuliani is and always will be. However, I have seen nothing to say that she does not believe and support the ideas and policies I think are important. But I am a reasonable person, open to facts and reason. I have often gone back and changed these blogs when people have proved to me that my ideas won’t work. I ask you, the people who seem to know more about Bachman than I do, prove to me her ideas and/or actions are something a conservative as myself should not support.
Otherwise concede that you don’t have facts but that you may want to search your soul for some traces of bias against women.