Michele Bachmann Update: The Scrutiny Continues
by Jen Green
The target on Michele Bachmann’s back hasn’t diminished at all. She continues to be the favorite prey of the liberal media and the continued fascination of the rest of them. The big breaking news over the weekend is that the Bachmann’s withdrew their membership from Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in June, a very short time before she announced her presidency. Salem is labeled as “anti-Catholic” and reportedly holds the belief that the pope is the Antichrist. She and her husband have been attending another church for two years, but only officially left the membership of the church and the synod last month, when according to UPI.com, the pastor asked them to.
The strange thing is, there is no official reason why they were asked to withdraw. The church’s spokesman said, “For the pastor’s sake, he wanted to know where he stood with the family.” (Huh?) The Bachmann’s are now attending a non-denominational church. Bachmann says she does not share her former church’s belief that the pope is the Antichrist.
Fundraising numbers came out on Friday. Bachmann’s total has her tied with Ron Paul in 2nd place to Mitt Romney’s first. The Washington Times reports that most of her money is coming from small donors (averaging $48 a piece). Seems that the big donors “don’t like her.” And even though she is “poised’ to win the Iowa caucuses (their words, not mine), one brave anonymous big GOP donor says that Iowa is “irrelevant” and “pure, unadulterated theater.” Ahhh, gotta love those big money establishment guys, huh? Feeling warm and fuzzy?
And according to the Star Tribune, the establishment folks in Iowa aren’t much more fond of Mrs. Bachmann than those donors are. Tim Albrecht, Governor Branstad’s communications director tweeted that “Bachmann needed expectation-lowering fundraising number and got it. Still, that limp into Ames needs an uptick coming out.” Whatever that means.
This is an interesting article for two reasons—one it’s written by a feminist who is saying nice things about Michele Bachmann, and two it’s written by a feminist who is saying not-very-nice things about Sarah Palin. While many of her ilk cut both women from the same cloth, this woman says differently. Several months ago, the Huffington Post did a similar comparison piece. At the time, I thought it was interesting that the “other side” was taking Bachmann far more seriously than most establishment Repubs were . . . and still are.