One last comment on Michele Bachmann and feminism: Last week, Vin Weber made a comment about her “sex appeal,” for which he quickly apologized and Tim Pawlenty, whose campaign he advises, repudiated.
Rep. Bachmann took it in stride, with grace, and no whine. Given the opportunity to make it some kind of victim moment, she refused.
Here she is with radio host Scott Hennen:
Hennen: Vin Weber, a fellow Minnesotan said the other day that you were going to be hard to beat in Iowa period. And said you have hometown appeal, ideological appeal, and I hate to say it but a little sex appeal. Did that offend you?
Bachmann: Well listen I’m 55 years old, I’ve given birth to five kids and I’ve raised 23 foster kids so that sounds like good news to me!
Hennen: (laughs) I didn’t think was that offensive either, sometimes I think we get little too sensitive. Do you think the people on the Pawlenty side are a little worried about you right now?
Bachmann: I have no idea, but I will tell you this, I’ve been all over the states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and everywhere I go across the states, people are thrilled with the message that we are giving because they are saying Michelle you get it, you understand us, you understand that we need jobs, you understand how to turn the economy around as a former federal tax lawyer. Keep saying it, we’re with you. We’re behind you all the way. We’ve got tremendous momentum. I’m just thrilled when I go into all of these towns. Like for instance, we were in Le Mars, Iowa at Blue Bunny Ice Cream. That was a small, little business started by a family. Now they have over a billion dollars in sales, a tremendous ice cream company. We want more Blue Bunny Ice Creams all over the United States. We want more of these family industries to be able to be successful. Thats what I want to do. I want more of what works.
It’s just refreshing. And something still relatively new for politics in the spotlight.