Thursday, June 16, 2011

Current media meme: Bachmann eclipses Palin

We can always depend on the mainstream media to seize on any angle in an attempt to denigrate Sarah Palin. Their new meme is that Michelle Bachmann has eclipsed Sarah Palin due to her performance in the GOP debate held last Monday evening.

According to U.S. News and World Report (a liberal rag if there ever was one):
There are many parallels between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann—and not simply because they are the GOP’s only serious female 2012 prospects. The two fill the same Tea Party, mama-bear space, and they both love to creatively interpret history. But, as pundits speculate whether the two are friends or foes, it seems that space isn’t big enough for the two of them.

U.S. News’s Whispers column (“Bachmann: The Smart Version of Palin”) pits the two against each other in education (Bachmann wins), family (Bachmann), politics (Palin), fundraising (Bachmann), and other areas. “So how is the nation supposed to choose between Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann if they both get into the presidential race?” Whispers asks. “In a word: smarts. If we had to make a pick based on school smarts and book smarts, Bachmann would win. Because when it comes to picking presidents, the nation has a history of going for the brainy candidates.”

And when it comes to lame-stream media attention, Bachmann has a habit of absorbing the spotlight when Palin fades. When Palin laid low after what many called her narcissistic response to the tragic shooting at Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s “Congress on Your Corner” event in January, Bachmann entered center stage with her Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. After the media din subsided from Palin’s to-campaign-or-not-to-campaign New England bus tour, Bachmann came on strong and articulate in Monday's GOP debate and had the media cycle saying, Sarah who?
There is so much wrong with this article.

First, Whispers picks "smarts" as to why Bachmann is better than Palin. Unfortunately, their definition of "smarts" simple relates to the fact that Bachmann received two law degrees. Isn't this the last thing we need in the White House, another attorney?

Second, regarding family, Whispers states that having raised 23 foster children ranks Bachmann ahead of Palin, even though they both have 5 of their own. If that were a true indicator of family strength, maybe we should hold up Osama bin Laden as the ultimate family man with the estimated 26 children he fathered with multiple, concurrent wives.

Third, Whispers picks Bachmann over Palin in fundraising. This in itself is laughable since Sarah Palin actively campaigned for Bachmann during her 2010 re-election bid. Why do you think that was?

But there you have it: the current lamestream media meme.

I wonder what they'll think of next?

Update: For the record, Ronald Reagan attended Eureka College in Illinois, majoring in economics and sociology. Hmmm, no law degree?

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