Let me get this out of the way first: 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.
HOWEVER…. she has been a steady voice of reason on the disaster of Obamacare and the perils of our national debt. Topics that the presumptive nominee, Mr. Romney, seems to avoid at all costs. So for her determination to engage in these topics, both in Congress and in the GOP nomination race, I congratulate her.
And finally the real reason I am writing this post….
I am 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. This has become a sad routine in American politics: Female candidates and Christian candidates are the targets in the last bastion of mainstream media bigotry. One can only reflect on how Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton were treated in 2008 to be as disgusted now with how Rep. Bachmann was treated.
For all of the self-congratulatory praise that American liberals in the media heap upon themselves… their attitude toward women and Christians during the past 20 years has degraded toward barbarism.
UPDATE (from Dan): Uncanny yet again how similar our thoughts are. Visiting my hometown (Cincinnati) right now and was driving around with my brother when I heard the news. I outlined a quick post on her withdrawal which I will post later today. You’ll then seen how Bruce and I have different ways of expressing similar thoughts.