This morning, when I read Nick’s post on how the left just can’t let social issues go, I wondered if this obsession accounted for the media focus on Michele Bachmann. And not just the liberals in the MSM. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without a liberal friend posting some damning accusation (usually exaggerated) about this charismatic conservative on Facebook.
Now, I’ll grant that many of her activities should draw scrutiny. But, she has already been subject to more scrutiny than had Barack Obama at this point, indeed perhaps at any point, in the 2008 campaign. She has her associations with some fringe social conservatives. He has had his with some very radical leftists and sat for twenty years in a church helmed by a pastor who regularly spewed hate from the pulpit.
I think Nick’s onto something in suggesting that the media seek to focus on the social issues so as to avoid the Democrats’ failed economic policies — and to paint conservatives as fringe cranks more concerned with what people do in the privacy of their homes than as concerned taxpayers worried about a bloated, inefficient and intrusive federal government.
They want to make Mrs. Bachmann the face of the GOP — and not the Michele Bachmann who has shown a remarkable fluency on fiscal issues, but the ostensible crank who worked with someone who knows someone who praised someone else who once engaged in some truly inflammatory language.
Let me stress. I do not back Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination and will not vote for her in the California primary. Given her past associations, I don’t think she has the capacity to unite the GOP. At the same time, I’m bemused with the media and liberal obsession with her who, even after her victory in the Ames Straw poll, barely breaks into the double-digits in surveys of Republican voters’ preferences in the upcoming contest for the GOP nomination.
Maybe they focus on her because they see this woman as the face of the GOP. But, their focus on her only helps reduce the likelihood that she will become the Republican standard bearer. And shows just how out-of-touch the Bachmann-obsessed media are, and how unwilling they are to treat her — or any social conservative — fairly.