Sunday, January 1, 2012

Off-topic: 'It takes a woman to get things done'

Michelle Bachmann is urging voters to embrace the idea of a "strong woman in the White House." She told a crowd in Iowa: "We need a strong woman to turn this country around, right?"

An Associated Press article quotes, without comment, reaction, judgment, or irony, longtime Iowa residents Margaret Bickers and Mary Davenport.  "Women are just more passionate than the men," Bickers told a reporter. "We need a woman who is not afraid to vocalize that passion and effect change."

"It takes a woman to get things done," Davenport chimed in. Both said they were inclined to caucus for Bachmann.

Regarding that last statement: I wonder if the news report would have been written the same way if the the person quoted had said, "It takes a man to get things done," or "a Jew," or "a Catholic," or "a Muslim." 

The news story adds: "Bachmann dispenses warm hugs as readily as simple handshakes. She'll sometimes run her hand along another woman's back during conversations, extended contact her male challengers tend to avoid."

Tamara Scott, who runs the Iowa chapter of Concerned Women for America, told a crowd: "Gutsy has never been so gorgeous."