Would Michele Bachmann Appoint Openly Gay Persons to her Administration?

Bookmark and Share    Recently television host Jake Tapper asked Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann if she would appoint an openly gay or lesbian person to her Administration?

Bachmann replied;

“ I would look, first of all: Will they uphold the constitution of the United States, and number two: are they competent to do what they need to do, are they the best at who they are?

That’s my criteria; nothing more.”

That statement is critically important to remember the next time the left tries to paint Bachmann as homophobic. It is clear from Bachmann’s answer that she understands that her personal opinions can not undermine the Constitution of the United States and do not prohibit her from understanding that regardless of her personal opinion on sexual orientation, it does not negate her appreciation for the individual and the individuals abilities, talents and contribution to society.

Perhaps the best thing about this whole disclosure was the question itself. It was a legitimate question, that was phrased appropriately. It directly asked how she as a President would deal with the issue. It was not the type of botchy question which asked her personal opinion and unreasonably exaggerated it to mean that that opinion would be translated into inappropriate government action.

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Trump Has His Way With Obama

In Obama’s birth certificate speech, where he called on others to not be divisive and then called birthers a bunch of circus barkers, Obama claimed that he was releasing his birth certificate because that story was overshadowing the budget debate. But according to ABC’s Jake Tapper, a Pew Research study showed that the budget still outplayed the birther story in the media even over the past week.

So that leaves us with two very important questions. Why did Obama release his birth certificate yesterday, and of course the big one: why did Obama wait until yesterday to release his birth certificate?

Trump Did It (?)

Trump did not view the birth certificate release as a defeat. Instead, he took credit for it, claiming to be honored that he was able to do what others had not. While this may be Trump’s ego talking, he has a point. Trump gave this story legs and legitimacy that it had not enjoyed before. Trump even got the media to start scratching their heads and wonder why Obama wouldn’t simply release it.

Trump may not end up being a serious candidate for President, but he has a charisma that most deep intellectual GOP candidates lack. Romney, Gingrich, and Pawlenty may know that Obama is dead wrong in his policies, but they haven’t stood up like Chris Rock in Head of State and shouted “That ain’t right!” to a wildly cheering crowd who doesn’t really care if he knows what IS “right”.

The other question is why wait until yesterday? Let me offer this suggestion: the birthers provided Obama with a clear extreme to campaign against. Having that issue outstanding, and the ace up his sleeve, gave Obama the chance to paint the TEA Party and conservatives as lunatic fringe. Between that and the race card, this President and his supporters have already prepared their 2012 answers to the question of “why am I not better off than I was four years ago”. What the “last eight years” did for Obama in 2008, the title racist birther was going to do the same in 2012. Now the birther card is played. One less distraction, as the President himself called it, is laid to rest. We are getting dangerously closer to having to focus on issues in 2012.

Love or hate Trump, and whether this was for his ego’s sake or dumb luck, Donald Trump has done the GOP a huge favor by gambling on the birther issue. And perhaps Trump lost this gamble, but Obama has one less ace up his sleeve.

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