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Why Isn't Michele Bachmann On The GOP Presidential Short List?

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 07/23/14 15:00, Edited: 07/23/14 15:00

by Dave Mindeman

Michele Bachmann can't understand why the media doesn't ask....

"The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it's going to be various men that are running," she told RCP (Real Clear Politics). "They haven't speculated, for instance, that I'm going to run. What if I decide to run? And there's a chance I could run."

Why don't they ask if you, Michele Bachmann, are running for President?

Because they can't find a person out there, who if asked about you, doesn't fall down on the ground in convulsive laughter at the speculation of a repeat candidacy.

That's basically it.

But, seriously, her question goes to a woman running for the GOP nomination....and that is a legitimate question.

There are possibilities. Olympia Snowe - Susan Collins - Kay Bailey Hutchison.....all of them would be credible Presidential candidates. But they won't run. And the reason for that is they could never get through the primary process. Any woman who would compete in the process the GOP has today, would have to have a Bachmann profile. Evangelical. Social conservative. Fiscally insane.

That last adjective is the closest I can come up with to describe the fiscal policy that appeals to the GOP base. A woman would have to have a more intense, farther right fiscal policy to get noticed. And that, of course, fits the Bachmann profile.

The Republican Party simply is not woman friendly. The extreme anti-choice stance has no moderate position. The lack of support for equal pay is astonishing. And the default position that assumes a lack of competence in female leadership roles is hard to miss when you see how few women are given positions of authority in the Republican Party.

Michele Bachmann may have a point about why the Press doesn't assume a second Presidential run. But the more important question is why the lack of enthusiasm in her own Party.

The answer is almost rhetorical.
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