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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. Halloween is early this year!! Let's get those orders in soon for your very own scary "Bachmann Mask" - be the first in your neighborhood to scare the H out of your neighbors! It's all tricks, no treats!

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 7, 2011 10:28:10 PM

  2. This hateful woman built her career on being against same sex marriage, this is how she was elected to Congress. She rushes to sign two anti-same sex pledges. Now, she she blathers that gays are frivolous.

    What a nasty person. But then, everyone already knew that.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 7, 2011 10:35:06 PM

  3. Well, I know what I'm going as for Halloween!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 7, 2011 10:36:06 PM

  4. I have just one statement, "she's an clueless idiot"!

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 7, 2011 11:31:39 PM

  5. Frivolty: is that like "gay"? So she's dismissing 20 million+ LGBT Americans as unworthy of her attention, essentially the entire population of California. If she has no respect for so many people, why does she deserve any respect from anyone? What a coward.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Aug 7, 2011 11:32:19 PM

  6. http://js-kit.com/blob/r1LECoh8_SpcG1sgN_Svel.jpg

    Posted by: Rick S. | Aug 7, 2011 11:37:20 PM

  7. Terrific! Just what a country needs in a leader - someone who thinks human rights are light, frivolous, fringe or side issues. Clearly, this woman cannot possibly be taken seriously. Nor can that cover photograph. Looks like she could use a husband who personally styles her hair, just like that other no-friend-of-the gays, the Australian Prime Minister.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Aug 8, 2011 12:32:13 AM

  8. @RICK S: This will, one day, be a headline.

    Posted by: corvidae | Aug 8, 2011 3:53:10 AM

  9. I want to know more about the 6th district in Minnesota: Who are these fking people who foist this insance woman on the rest of the world? What the hell do they make and sell? I sure as hell don't want to support their judmental bent with a single of my dollars!

    Posted by: Esurb | Aug 8, 2011 4:34:43 AM

  10. Cant Believe I'm the first to point out how similar this pic looks to the publicity art of Steve Carrell for 40 Year Old Virgin.

    Posted by: Anyway | Aug 8, 2011 6:23:03 AM

  11. The eyes tell the whole story - a woman deranged for need of a satisfying sex life.

    Posted by: Danny | Aug 8, 2011 7:05:32 AM

  12. @ Mr Derek Wain: I'd be interested in knowing what you believe you personally have to gain from a Bachmann candidacy.

    Posted by: Danny | Aug 8, 2011 7:17:06 AM

  13. On top of this, balloonhead Bachman shows even more lunacy in a statement blaming the President for the S&P downgrade, completely ignoring what was said in theirstatement.

    Batshit crazy Michelle Bachman is a big part of the problem, as are the other Teabaggers...

    Posted by: TJ | Aug 8, 2011 8:05:56 AM

  14. @Derek Wain: OMG you've got me in a "Pigeon Hold".

    Posted by: Ed | Aug 8, 2011 8:10:45 AM

  15. Michele Bachmann won’t address “frivolous gay issues?” Michele Bachmann has the audacity to call gay issues frivolous when their exploitation gave her a foothold in public life and propelled her into office! As H.R. Haldeman of Watergate cover-up fame sagely observed: “Once the paste is out of the tube, it’s very hard to get it back in again.”

    Her handlers are on target. To be perceived as presidential timber, she needs to convey a grasp of weightier matters. But gravitas is not a make-over accessory. She may want to skirt “gay issues” – as she has more-or-less managed to do for her husband, but she carries only one brand in her cosmetic bag of tricks: “Anti-Equality Bigotry!”

    It’s no exaggeration to say that her political capital has been acquired almost exclusively at the expense of the gay community. That’s her track record; her history. She owns it and she’s accountable for it!

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | Aug 8, 2011 8:11:44 AM

  16. What does it say about a party, the GOP including its Tea Party and Civil Libertarian scumbags. Bachmann, Perry, Romney, Pawlenty...that's the best they can come up with? Not one has any intellectual curiosity about anything. Not one of them could debate world renowned economics Nobel Peace Prize winner, Paul Krugman, or even Robert Reich. I'd love to see that debate happen, but of course, it won't. Both would wipe the floor with all of them with their eyes closed. We've seen over the past 30 years since Reagan, supply side economics doesn't work and if it did, where was all the job creation under 8 years of Bush who gave the biggest tax cuts to the corporate oligarchy running this country?

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 8, 2011 8:40:42 AM

  17. All I can say is--Gloria Swanson at the end of Sunset Blvd. All that is missing the twirling of the hands as she walks into the camera.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 8, 2011 9:13:04 AM

  18. For a few interesting minutes, google Derek Wain. He's all over the internet making loving comments about Michelle Bachmann. It's usually the same comment. It's just cut and paste with an occasional addition. There are two possibilities: one - he works for her, and two - she gives him wood.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 8, 2011 9:16:08 AM

  19. Let's not be mistaken: calling gay issues "frivolous" is an extremely aggressive tactic that magically whisks all gay issues into the closet to be ignored. This tactic, if successful, would return us all to invisibility. Don't underestimate the power of this tactic. Stand up! March! Engage random acts of glittering. Marry loudly and brilliantly. Come out and be more than fabulous; be magnificent!

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Aug 8, 2011 10:41:12 AM

  20. Madame Tussauds called; they want their wax statue back!

    Posted by: Frank S | Aug 8, 2011 10:54:13 AM

  21. "Neither her husband nor his business is running for President."

    Apparently the Teabaggers must have thought that Reverend Wright, William Ayers, and ACORN were on the ticket with Obama.

    Posted by: jones | Aug 8, 2011 12:13:30 PM

  22. Do you all really think she is actually serious about running for office? Think of it, she may be using all this controversy to brand herself so that she can profit for her future career as an author, commentator & speaker. There's a lot more money in that and less stress :-)

    Posted by: Kyle | Aug 8, 2011 1:03:04 PM

  23. Please please PLEASE make her go away!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Aug 8, 2011 1:49:58 PM

  24. I'm waiting for her "I'm not a witch moment." I'm secretly hoping they'll actually give her the nomination, what an amazing summer of SNL and a sure win for Obama. Pigeon hold....lol. Welcome to Tea Party America.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Aug 8, 2011 2:40:20 PM

  25. What is it with these extreme right wing women (and some men)? They all have that same blank stare (aka rape eyes) and that creepy perma-smile. It goes way beyond the whole Stepford Wife thing...it's getting into "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" territory. Or in her and her husband's case, "Children of the Cornhole".

    Posted by: Walter | Aug 8, 2011 3:31:13 PM

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