Asking Michele Bachmann if She's 'Submissive' to Her Husband Isn't Sexist

michele bachmann republican debateThere was a lot to cringe about during the Republican debate last night, but one question in particular is striking just about everyone the wrong way. Except the candidate who was ASKED the question. See, Michele Bachmann has publicly noted that the only reason she went for her tax law degree was because her husband Marcus Bachmann, uhm, told her to. Washington Examiner reporter Byron York asked if she would be submissive to her husband if she were to assume the presidency. The question actually got boos from the audience, but Bachmann addressed it, saying, "What submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband. And he respects me as his wife. That’s how we operate our marriage." 

To be fair, York's question could have easily come off as completely sexist. I mean, can you even imagine a reporter asking a male candidate something along the same lines? Well, actually ...


Hypothetically, if President Clinton or President Obama said during their campaigns that they only got their law degrees or only decided to run because Hillary or Michelle MADE them, I'm sure they would have had to field questions about that. Granted, the questions would still have had a sexist connotation against women, because if a man seems submissive to a woman, somehow that gets spun so the woman comes off looking like a "controlling b*tch." We just can't win, you know!

But the point is that should any political candidate -- regardless of sex -- say something along the lines of, "My spouse makes my decisions," a question like York's would be completely justified. Bachmann totally set herself up for it.

We also shouldn't be getting ourselves in a tizzy about it, either, because Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who works for the Bachmann campaign, actually said after the debate, "It was an opportunity for the congresswoman to give the response she did, to make it very clear what her position was." Awesome, so even her people are embracing it!

In the end, I don't think we have to worry so much anymore about Bachmann being treated differently because she's a woman. (She doesn't even stand up for women herself.) If she's being treated differently, it's because she is constantly running her crazy mouth, proving again and again that she's ill-fit for public office.

What do you think about the "submissive" question Byron York asked Michele Bachmann?

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