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Michele Bachmann Won't Address 'Frivolous' Gay Issues

NewsweekBachmann Michele Bachmann has made a habit of avoiding inquiries about marriage equality and her husband's homophobic professional work.

The Republican presidential candidate dismissed one Iowa news station's questions about her husband's ex-gay clinics, later stonewalled a reporter from that same channel and then dodged related questions at the National Press Club.

Now it appears Bachmann has done the same thing to New Hampshire's Concord Monitor, via Politico.

Bachmann cut off an interview last week as she was being asked a question about gay marriage and emphasized that she is focused on rebuilding the economy and repealing federal health care reform.

"I'm not involved in light, frivolous matters," she said. "I'm not involved in fringe or side issues. I'm involved in serious issues."

Alexander Burns seems to think that Bachmann is trying to move away from divisive social issues -- part of the elusive culture war "truce" -- but it seems just as likely she's trying to avoid a Pandora's box of a negative news story about her discriminatory politics.

Speaking of Bachmann, she's all over the cover of Newsweek's latest issue.

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  1. aaaaaaaahahahahah

    she looks totally cray-cray.

    Posted by: redball | Aug 7, 2011 5:00:06 PM

  2. Could anyone seriously look any more crazy?

    Posted by: Dan Skinner | Aug 7, 2011 5:04:00 PM

  3. i seem to be hearing this around. i think that's going to be a new talking point - gay issues are frivolous issues. we dont have time for them. it's going to be easier to put forward that point than to continue to push an explicit anti-gay message.

    Posted by: mike128 | Aug 7, 2011 5:06:52 PM

  4. Let's be honest here: Aren't we all waiting for the hustler or patient to come forward and admit they had sex with Michele's husband Marcus?

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 7, 2011 5:08:55 PM

  5. Nothing more than an unhinged loony with a nice 'do.

    Posted by: tobal | Aug 7, 2011 5:12:52 PM

  6. Same old from MB. Nice pic from Newsweek!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 7, 2011 5:33:02 PM

  7. fringe issues seen to be the only thing she talks about. she refuses to talk about anything she doesn't have the answers printed for her. her health issues, her husband, taking federal funds for sham clinics are off limits to reporters but have been used by repuks against other candidates.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 7, 2011 5:34:04 PM

  8. It's such a fringe issue that she nearly wet herself about being the first to sign not one but two pledges committing herself to oppose it, not even bothering to read the fine print in the first one noting how much better Black families were under slavery given that their parents couldn't legally divorce one another.

    Posted by: Thom Watson | Aug 7, 2011 5:37:05 PM

  9. Human rights is not a light frivolous matter, and any politician who says they are does not deserve the support of the people.

    Posted by: Tone | Aug 7, 2011 5:44:16 PM

  10. MB has no intention of being sideline by the Demented Media Left. They will not be able to pigeon hold her. Neither her husband nor his business is running for President. The ad hominem attacks against Bachmann by the media jackals have boomeranged against the Left and hugely helped Bachmann.
    Whenever the press attacks Bachmann, she "gets a flood of support and money. She becomes ‘Every Woman,’ a misunderstood Tea Party mother of five facing down an elitist, arrogant, Obama-leaning press corps." The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
    8/2/11 Rasmussen Poll: Romney 44% vs. Bachmann 42% in a two-way race.

    Posted by: Derek Wain | Aug 7, 2011 5:55:39 PM

  11. Juan Williams wrote: "Whenever the press attacks Bachmann she "gets a flood of support and money. She becomes ‘Every Woman,’ a misunderstood Tea Party mother of five facing down an elitist, arrogant, Obama-leaning press corps." The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
    7/19/11 A national poll from Public Policy Polling shows Bachmann: 21% of Republican primary voters vs. 20% for Mitt Romney.

    Posted by: Derek Wain | Aug 7, 2011 5:57:23 PM

  12. Crazy eyes looks ready to howl at the moon. Cue the right to fall madly in love.

    Posted by: stranded | Aug 7, 2011 6:15:16 PM

  13. @Derek Wain: First, welcome to Towleroad. It's always nice to have a brand new commenter here. Now that these pleasantries are out of the way...

    "MB has no intention of being sideline by the Demented Media Left. They will not be able to pigeon hold her."
    - I know that you Tea Party types are not really into grammar or spelling, but I think you should know that the term is "pigeon hole" not "pigeon hold." Also, it's "sidelined" not "sideline." If you remember this in the future, your argumentation will be more effective. I've helped you be a better Tea Partier. Dang, I'm nice.

    "Neither her husband nor his business is running for President."
    - She co-owns the business. It's her business too. I'm going to assume you didn't know this. Now you do.

    Finally, you've admirably provided links to polling to help substantiate your claims that the left's criticism helps Bachmann in the Republican primary race. What you have not shown is whether or not criticism of her and her husband's ex-gay clinic helps her in a general election match-up against President Obama. It's not clear that independent voters, who are actually the people who determine election outcomes, will be particularly enthralled with a presidential candidate who co-owns a business which receives medicaid funding to provide quack ex-gay therapy.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Aug 7, 2011 6:25:59 PM

  14. There's no truce in the Culture Wars.

    And we don't take prisoners either!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 7, 2011 6:37:21 PM

  15. Wtf? She and her closet-case husband have been ranting about gays forever. Anti-gay fanaticism has always been her core platform. Suddenly she wants us all to disappear so she can run for prez? Ha!

    Posted by: Max | Aug 7, 2011 6:55:43 PM

  16. First, this Wain creature appears to be a Bachmann troll. Maybe that is how he earns a living. Second, using Rasmussen is just a waste of time. Rasmussen is notoriously inaccurate and heavily biased toward Republican candidates. It's a crappy poll, like Zogby. So citing Rasmussen is like asking Joe Goebbels how Hitler is polling.

    Bachmann needs to be hounded about these issues. They shouldn't be allowed to fade away. They need to be hung around her neck til they choke her. If she refuses to answer, fine, all the better. People will recognize she has something to hide. It also allows the left to help frame the debate about Bachmann and these issues.

    She does well with the radical, racist right and the low information Tea Baggers. Head to head against Obama or even Romney in general polling, she crashes. Obama's biggist threat right now is Romney. Even in a crappy economy, I doubt the voters will turn the country over to crazy eyes. Although, they gave it to Bush, twice. So who really knows until the final votes are counted.

    Posted by: Bob R | Aug 7, 2011 7:06:56 PM

  17. We really have moved into the era of beyond-truth in this country. She and her hubby have made their careers out of anti-gay rhetoric, and now she claims not to care about this frivolous issue.

    Posted by: prophet | Aug 7, 2011 7:16:42 PM

  18. Bob R and RYANINSACTO, google "ad hominem attacks against Bachmann by the media jackals" and see how many hits you get. Is blanketing the internet with this a job or a hobby, Derek Wain?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 7, 2011 8:01:16 PM

  19. Ya. Right. Gay marriage is such a "frivolous" issue that she has spent much of her ENTIRE political career fighting against it, including leading the charge for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in MN. If it is not an important issue, why push for a constituional amendment?! If you have pushed for a constitutional amendment for years, and there is one on the ballot, how can ampolitician dodge the question and have ANY credibility!?

    Posted by: Mike Fry | Aug 7, 2011 8:14:25 PM

  20. there's a whole lot of intelligent stuff to say on this topic and most of it's already been said above.

    so i'm gonna get back to the fact that she looks like an escapee from a community theatre production of one flew over the cuckoo's nest.

    seriously. i hope she didn't pose for that picture. it had to have been taken by surprise. right? worthless evil liberal media. can't even make the certifiably insane look good.

    Posted by: corny | Aug 7, 2011 8:59:12 PM

  21. As others have said, much of her political energies have been squandered to anti-gay causes, along with rewriting history, so it's rather hilarious that she's suddenly calling them (and by association, herself) frivolous now that a little light has been shone on her own rhetoric and her "ex-gay" (as if) husband's brainwashing counseling business that loves its government money. She can't run away from her own record, which is obsessed with anti-gay-family issues.

    To the Bachmann troll, if you're still lingering under the bridge here: You do realize, don't you, that Michelle doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning the Republican nomination? And it will be powers-that-be within the Republican party, if the voters don't beat them to it, that will make sure she doesn't get in their way. They'll smear her themselves if need be. The last thing they want is for crazy-eyes to hand a victory to President Obama. Her candidacy will be frivolous long after gay rights remains important.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 7, 2011 9:06:56 PM

  22. that pic has GOT to be a joke

    Posted by: ACe | Aug 7, 2011 9:12:37 PM

  23. The best she can hope for is a #2 spot with Perry. The Rove's of the world will insure she is knee capped but they are probably just dumb enough to think she could "help" a ticket....kinda the same thinking McCain's handler's had with SP.

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Aug 7, 2011 9:27:09 PM

  24. Culture War "truce" bullsh*t. This woman crazy, dangerous and, apparently, admired. And married to a big, doughy eunuch. She can only avoid questions if she's allowed to avoid them.

    Posted by: djork | Aug 7, 2011 9:55:27 PM

  25. Her only *frivolous* gay issue is her "husband". Her other gay issues are very serious.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 7, 2011 10:05:19 PM

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