"I will be whatever you want me to be."
That killed the sexual vibe for me. It's blatant pandering. Lyn is a geek and proud of it (we had a nice long talk about how much we love Penn And Teller). This woman was more interested in being whatever you wanted to see instead of what she was. Yeah, some people like the idea of someone who will completely subvert themselves, but it repulses me.
Which brings me to Michele Bachmann.
Bachmann is nothing but an unrepentant opportunist, just like that model. Only instead of pin-up art, she's hawking herself as a Presidential candidate. And she keeps doing things that make you wonder how ANYONE can possibly take her seriously.
I've already covered a lot of her flip-flops on issues. Now, here's some completely shameless whoring. Bachmann, you see, is a Lutheran (well, sort of, she's actually been attended a non-denominational church for the past two years). Given that Catholicism is the biggest organized religion in the world, there were concerns that Bachmann was cutting off a support base that could help get her elected. After all, the Lutherans think the pope is the antiChrist. (No. The pope is not the antiChrist. He's Emperor Palpatine. Observe:
Bachmann has officially left her church to get the endorsement of the Catholics. Pretty insulting, isn't it?
Well, she got it Friday.
“We find no evidence of any bigotry on the part of Rep. Michele Bachmann,” said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, the largest Catholic civil rights organization in the US. Donohue also said it was “regrettable that there are still strains of anti-Catholicism in some Protestant circles.” Mm-hmm. And do you feel it is regrettable that there are still strains of anti-Protestantism in Catholicism? Or do you only care about people on your side?
The focus of the debate started in 2006. On her campaign site for Congress, she mentioned she was a member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN. It, in turn, is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. When people started asking about the church and their belief that the pope is the antiChrist, she said her pastor “was absolutely appalled that someone would put that out. It’s abhorrent, it’s religious bigotry. I love Catholics, I’m a Christian, and my church does not believe that the Pope is the Antichrist, that’s absolutely false.”
Well, the church sure didn't get the memo. After that, the church's web site spells out, “As Martin Luther grew in his appreciation of the Gospel, he also grew in his recognition that the Papacy is the Antichrist. A 1954 WELS pamphlet entitled Antichrist put it this way: ‘It was because Luther cherished the Gospel so dearly that his faith instinctively recoiled and protested in unmistakable terms when the Pope put himself in the place of Christ and declared His work insufficient and in vain.’”
(Here's a little lesson in Christian history for you -- Luther did NOT publicly challenge the Catholic church. The story about him nailing the 95 Theses to the church door is a myth. The 95 Theses was part of a communique he sent to the pope as a religious debate, it was accidentally picked up by the public, and it spread because of the printing press. Luther's intent was to make Christianity accessible to regular people, such as publishing the Bible in native German instead of Latin only. Whatever might be said of the cruel predestination he taught, he sought to stop the idea that only a blessed few are close to God and no one else can be close without their intervention. He felt the pope was philosophically wrong, NOT THE ANTICHRIST! I'm used to Catholics getting their history wrong, not a group with more recent and better documented history.)
Meanwhile, people are buying it. Bachmann has amassed a $4.2 mil war chest since she declared her candidacy on June 30, most of it from Tea Partiers (Bachmann is one of the founders of the House Tea Party Caucus). You know, Tea Partiers, you claim to be concerned about ethics in government, defending the Constitution, and not falling for phony politicians. I frankly expect better of you.
Among the people who play fast and loose with ethics, there is a saying, "Esteem is as negotiable as cash." As much as I hate that expression, it proves increasingly correct.