Based upon my experience as an uncle, having seen (or currently witnessing) eight nephews pass through the late single-digit stage, if an 8-year-old boy were to, of his own accord, ask a question of a presidential candidate, he might ask him to name his favorite superhero or to discuss the various characters in Star Wars. He would not ask a question about homosexuality.
Which brings me to this video:
Now, despite the attempts of the folks at Yahoo! to spin this as Michele Bachmann vs. the 8-Year-Old, just by watching the video, it’s clear his mother is putting him to telling the candidate, “My mommy’s gay, but she doesn’t need fixing.”
Now, to Mrs. Bachmann’s credit, she’s not rude; she just refuses to answer. The real question (which our friends at Yahoo! fail to ask) is why the boy’s mother didn’t have the guts to make a similar statement to the Congresswoman. Unlike the hestitant child, the woman could follow up with the candidate, pressing her to respond.
Despite her social conservatism, Mrs. Bachmann (in the current presidential campaign) has shown considerable reluctance to talk about her views on homosexuality. As we reported here, she didn’t even respond to GOProud’s request for a meeting. And that is a serious strike against her.
It is legitimate to ask the candidate about her views on homosexuality. It’s pathetic when a mother puts up her son to speak on her behalf. And it’s telling that the media eager to make a martyr of the boy don’t call the mother out on her cowardice.