Those who have followed this blog have observed that while Bruce and I have very different blogging styles, we (very) often have quite similar points of view, he perhaps a tad more polemical than I, I perhaps a tad more philosophical than he.
Now, to be sure, he eagerly embraced Herman Cain’s candidacy while I only appreciated the Georgia businessman’s optimism, energy and vision. Yet, we both love the Gipper, indeed one of our first meetings was at the sacred shrine of freedom named in his honor Reagan Library. Sometimes it’s uncanny how much we think alike. Once unbeknownst to the other, each was working on a post on the same issue. Another time I’ll have blogged about something and then receive an e-mail (or text) from him, thanking me for hitting a topic he had meant to address.
Once he even texted me asking me to blog on an issue at the very moment I was completing a piece on that very topic. Today, while in the car with my youngest brother in the town where we grew up (Cincinnati), I heard that Michele Bachmann had dropped out of the race for the White House. A few minutes later, while he was in a business meeting (and I without my laptop), I scribbled some notes for post.
When I located my laptop and was about to blog about the Minnesota Congressman’s withdrawal, I caught Bruce’s post on the very topic. Uncanny how much his post paralleled my thoughts. Like him, “I am no fan of Rep. Bachmann. I would not vote for her and I believe her social views are out of the mainstream of American conservatism, not to mention mainstream America.”
Like him as well, I was “disgusted at the way Rep. Bachmann was treated by the (mostly left-leaning) media and the political punditry class. She was routinely derided for her faith and for being a female candidate.” And because of that treatment, I found that whenever I blogged about the candidate, I was not addressing her faults (which are many), but faulting the media for treating her unfairly.
I wondered if that negative coverage helped her surge in the polls, with even some liberal pundits agreeing it was unfair. Conservatives were indicating support for her not because they supported her social conservative agenda, but because they sympathized with a female conservative maliciously maligned in the legacy media.
Once they relented in their attacks, her poll numbers began to drift downward. People may have realized she wasn’t the demon some in the legacy media made her out to be, but realized as well she was out of the mainstream of American conservatism.
The folks in the media intended to use her to demonize the GOP, but in the end revealed only their own prejudiced attitude toward Christian women.
(To see how Bruce and I have a different manner of making a similar point, compare and contrast the last sentence in his post and the last in mine — prior to this parenthetical of course. 🙂 )