Earlier this week, Pawlenty adviser Vin Weber remarked that Michele Bachmann would be hard to beat in Iowa in part because of her “sex appeal,” a comment for which Weber apologized almost immediately. If Bachmann found herself nonplussed by that remark, she didn’t show it on the Scott Hennen show yesterday. In fact, as Rob Port reports, she says that’s good news:
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.
The Plains Daily notes that most of the conversation didn’t involve sex appeal:
In an interview on the Scott Hennen show today, Bachmann, a former federal tax lawyer, said she believes that simply cutting spending is not enough to take care of the country’s financial problems. “We have to have a fundamental restructuring of our system,” she said, explaining that basic changes need to be made in the tax code, the entire system of spending allocations needs to be re-worked, and “some of these very bad measures” such as Obamacare and Dodd-Frank need to be repealed.
“We need to have a conservative turnaround, a ‘conservative revolution,’ so that we can put into place a pro-growth agenda,” said Minnesota Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on the Scott Hennen show today. “It isn’t that difficult to do. We’re just lacking the political will. That’s what I’m trying to bring into the arena.”
Weber’s unfortunate comment is hardly an anomaly, although Weber is hardly a greenhorn in politics and should have known better. Women who enter the political ring tend to get judged more on appearances than men do, especially conservative women like Bachmann and Sarah Palin, but to some extent it’s true for all women in politics. One can choose to respond to it with either a sense of victimization or a sense of humor, and the latter is a lot more charming, especially when it’s done with such self-effacing humor as Bachmann handled it yesterday.