Take a gander at this screen capture from the Washington Post web=site (taken at 7:32 PM GayPatriot blog time on 05/30/13):
The editors of the left-of-center Washington Post and its readership are all abuzz about the retirement of a four-term Republican Congressman from Minnesota, a woman who withdrew from the only race for House leadership she entered and came in sixth place (with only 5% of the vote) in the one presidential caucus she contested. During her congressional tenure, Mrs. Bachmann neither moved a major piece of legislation nor spearheaded efforts to promote conservative legislative initiatives.
Like other charismatic former legislator from the Midwest, she won her prominence not based on her work product, but on her public appearances. She is an effective speaker who can move a partisan crowd.
Her departure should not generate this much media attention. Her charisma notwithstanding, she is not a leader of the GOP. Yet, despite the failure of her congressional colleagues to support her bid for leadership and of Republican voters to embrace her, manyliberal activists (just check your Facebook feed) as well as their allies in the media have tried to portray her as the face of the GOP.
And in so doing, they have unfairly maligned and otherwise mocked her — and have failed to fault crazy left-wing activists from publicly insulting her. With her outlandish claims, Mrs. Bachmann has a great deal in common with such Democrats as California’s Barbara Boxer, Iowa’s Tom Harkin and Florida’s Alan Grayson, the primary difference being that the media downplay rather than highlight those Democrats’ odd statements and don’t pretend they are the leaders of their party.
Despite her charisma and her effectiveness on the stump, Mrs. Bachmann has done little to promote the conservative values she champions. “Looking back on” her “four terms in the House”, Jim Geraghty (in today’s Morning Jolt (available via subscription)) asks “What is her legacy? How did she move the ball forward on the issues she cares most about? Because we know she was very, very good at promoting Michele Bachmann.”
Michele Bachmann hasn’t been a very effective leader. Nor, as Geraghty reminds us in linking James V. DeLong’s article in his magazine, did her Congressional Tea Party Caucus do much to advance conservative ideas.
All the said, the media treated her as some kind of freak. She did not deserve the scorn heaped upon her. But, her departure is a net plus for the GOP.
And with her departure, one wonders why the media delight in making Republicans like Bachmann the face of the party while ignoring Democrats who make similarly strange claims — and who, unlike the Minnesota Republican, often do so in the most uncivil of terms.