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Just like Herman Cain helped expose the fraud of the left when it comes to their support of minorities, as well as their outrageous overuse of the racist label, the candidacy of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is doing the same thing when it comes to the left's supposed support of women in politics.
As if Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy didn't pretty much bury the leftist meme that they support strong women in politics, the treatment Bachmann is receiving from liberals certainly does. Last week I talked about the rude and sexist joke late night comedian Jimmy Fallon and his band The Roots played on Bachmann. After inviting her onto the show, they insulted her when she walked out by playing a disgusting song called "Lyin' A** B****" when she walked out.
Once this became public, there's no doubt that many of the truly sexist liberal men had a good laugh about it. But as public pressure mounted, the liberal execs at NBC decided they needed to do something about it. Now, lest you believe they felt obligated to do something as in give Fallon the Imus treatment, don't be silly. Imus didn't direct his insult towards conservative women, Fallon did. Thus, Fallon's punishment needed to only be a slap on the wrist in the form of a network apology - and that, not even from the company's president.
Bachmann didn't miss the significant difference. Talking with Steve Malzberg, Bachmann commented:
We just had it Fedexed to my home this morning. The event happened on Monday night. We just received the Fedex copy this morning. You know, my response was that no matter if you're a liberal or a conservative woman this shouldn't be tolerated. It's demeaning. But of course there's been a double standard for a long time. It's an outrage if it happens to a liberal, and usually it's passed off if it happens to a conservative. Of course, I accept the apology, but my guess it would have been the president of NBC that would have been apologizing not a senior vice president of programming.
The thing that was disingenuous is that the band was.the comment from the band is that it was a spontaneous act. Clearly it wasn't. It was premeditated. He had tweeted twice before the show what his intentions were. And his Twitter account is 1.7 million people. So, it's just, again, it comes down to the fact that if a Don Imus or someone does something that's questionable, they're thrown off the air. But when something is done to a conservative, it's just passed off and forgotten. And I think that that's really the difference. I'm a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States, but I'm a conservative Republican woman. That's the double standard.
But of course the attacks on Bachmann are not simply coming from former SNL star Jimmy Fallon and his late night musician friends. No, the liberal criticism comes from all points across their spectrum of intellectualism, including TV hostess Whoppi Goldberg, who - try to get past the irony - called Bachmann a "bonehead."
Remembering that the left boasts intellectual giants like Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and many others, it's tough to not crack up when you hear such accusations. But Bachmann did a fine job of once again pointing out the double standard:
I think this is the same pattern of what we saw happen on NBC. I'm a self-made person. I came from below poverty. I worked my way through college, through law school, through a post-doctorate program in federal tax law. I worked for years as a federal tax court attorney. I created my own business. It's a profitable company, and I employ scores of people. I have raised 23 foster children in addition to my own biological five children. And I've started together with my husband and some other parents the first K-12 charter school in the United States of America. I served in the Minnesota state senate. I served as a member of the United States Congress, and now I'm running for the presidency of the United States.
I think those comments that came from Whoopi Goldberg are demeaning to a serious candidate running for the presidency on the Republican ticket, as a woman, the first serious female candidate who's gotten this far. And I'm the only candidate that's won an election in this presidential race statewide which is the Iowa Straw Poll. So I think again this is another example of the Hollywood elite bias coming from Whoopi Goldberg. I think it's clearly unacceptable. Again, I think if she would have said that about Michele Obama, I think there would be very serious consequences from the network. But apparently, because of the conservative woman, they can get away with it.
Bachmann is quite right. Anything remotely seen as an attack on Michelle Obama has been met with self-righteous condemnation from these forces of sexism on the left. Bachmann is an amazingly accomplished and successful woman who, regardless of whether she becomes the presidential nominee, is deserving of respect and admiration by anyone who honestly claims to believe in female empowerment. This again exposes the left for their dishonest charade of supporting women. If they're liberal women, they are noble and worthy. If they're conservative women, they're nothing by "Lyin' A** B****es." Classy.