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So, Iowa had its straw poll, and Michele Bachmann won.  She just barely edged out Ron Paul.  Not much of a victory.  Still, allow me to congratulate her by pointing at her and laughing.  There are two bits to laugh at here, one PR debacle, and one photo op gone horribly horribly wrong.  Let's start with the former.

Last Thursday was a televised debate between the then-crop of Republican candidates.  During the debate, Bachmann said that women should be "submissive" to their husbands.  In 2006, Bachmann said her husband had told her to get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. "Tax law? I hate taxes.  Why should I go into something like that? But the lord says, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'"


Remember the group Bachmann is courting here.  She opposes gay marriage (and her husband is one of those pray-away-the-gay morons).  She opposes porn.  She is going for a group whose definition of societal roles is stuck in the 1950's.  So of course, she's going to say that.

Bachmann held a press conference to redefine what she meant.  She told CBS News' Norah O'Donnell on Sunday that, to her, "submission means respect, mutual respect."  To me, the word "asshole" means an intelligent, wise person.  Bachmann, you're an asshole.

O'Donnell asked if maybe Bachmann should have used a different word.

BACHMANN:  You know, I guess it depends on what word people are used to, but respect is really what it means.

O'DONNELL:  Do you think submissive means subservient?

BACHMANN:  Not to us.  To us it means respect. We respect each other, we listen to each other, we love each other and that is what it means."

I have to admit, this is news to me.  It's not in my thesaurus at all.

Well, this leads me to the second thing.  A lot of sexual metaphors are based on dominance and submission.  Oral sex is fraught with it, as one person services the other, being completely submissive.  So, here's an opportunistic photo of Bachmann having a corn dog at the Iowa state fair.

Jesus.  And she was bitching about the Newsweek cover making her look psycho.  Like she needs the help.  The pic is funny enough, but when you see the guy in the display on the lower left, this has got to be the lulziest political photo since "Mission Accomplished."


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Aug. 18th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
I think it's her Dukakis tank photo...
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Anti porn, anti gay marriage, anti porn, anti strong women, and anti porn. And yet, she is a woman in a position of power that has photos taken of her that constitute food porn. At least she isn't being hypocritical about her feelings on gay marriage.

Dude, I am so voting for Ron Paul!
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