Just a few moments ago, when I was doing cardio at the gym, I caught Michele Bachmann on Piers Morgan. Now, the Minnesota Congressman has a long way to go before she earns my support, but in holding her own against the CNN anchor’s barrage of hostile questions, she gained a bit of my respect.
Instead of taking the bait on the contraception issue as has one of her former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, she made it clear that the issue was not contraception, but the federal mandate, with the government dictating what qualifies as valid health insurance coverage. (When the transcript is up, I will post her actual remarks.*)
On the issue of gays, she also refused to take the bait. Morgan kept pressing her to weigh in on actor Kirk Cameron’s recent comments on his program that homosexuality was “unnatural” and “ultimately destructive.” She replied that she wasn’t there “as anybody’s judge”.
Morgan persisted with this line of questioning and, in the words of Frances Martel on Mediaite:
Bachmann eventually relented on the entire topic. “I think I’ve had enough of this conversation,” she told him, “we’ve beaten this horse to death.” Morgan seemed surprised she was done with the subject. “It was quite a lively horse though, wasn’t it?” he joked. “For you!” she replied, half in jest.
From my perspective, she wasn’t replying in jest, but in mockery, wondering why Morgan wanted to talk about gays when she wanted to talk about the economy and national security. (RELATED: Gingrich Scolds David Gregory: Why Is Rush Limbaugh ‘The Great National Crisis Of This Week’?)
No, Michele Bachmann has not redeemed herself for some of the things she has said (about gays) in the past, but she did show how a social conservative can refuse to take the bait of a liberal-leaning journalist, an education that might benefit a certain former Pennsylvania Senator.