Noman was heartened by the interview that accompanies this article about Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN). She's a stylish-50-something woman who would be lauded as brilliant, courageous, beautiful, and you-get-the-point if she were a lefty. Unfortunately for her, but happily for the rest of us, she is a conservative firebrand who seems to think that the people want some hope and change--and action--from the responsible side of the political spectrum. She has strongly identified herself with the "tea parties," and pays the usual price in liberal denunciations, caricatures, vitriol and abuse. Bachmaphobia is not as pronounced as Palinoia, yet. But, it's a good sign that it's as advanced as it is.
Woman-ridicule is fair game for conservative XX's. In fact, it's standard. That's because the identity-politics-left has this crazy idea that being a woman has more to do with one's political ideology (leftist, of course) than it does with genetics or biology. As Noman says, it's a good sign when the lefties start painting swastikas on your forehead. It means that they've decided to call you names instead of engage in debate with your ideas.
What Noman liked about the interview was Bachmann's ability to turn the interviewer's questions in her direction, to her terms and premises. She's been around the political block in DC, something that Sarah Palin hasn't. This woman is convinced of the rightness of her cause, and the wrong-headedness of left-wing governance, and Noman wonders if she'll be on the Republican ticket in 2012. She's ambitious, has guts, and convictions that resonate with beleaguered taxpayers and people who think that family and church, rather than the government, are the solution to people's problems. She knows what to expect from the other side because she's seen them in action, and crossed swords with their "best," e.g., Nancy Pelosi. She seems to be poised, capable and venturesome. What's not to like? Bachmann-and-whoever, or vice-versa, in 2012.