Perry’s Making Calls, Bachmann’s Avoiding Them and Other Campaign News
Now that the expose of Marcus Bachmann’s “ex-gay” therapy clinic has reached the mainstream, it seems that presidential candidate Michele Bachmann doesn’t want to talk about her husband’s work, other than to say he’s a good job creator. With ABC News showing video footage of a man undercover, learning how to “stop being gay,” Bachmann will no doubt have to eventually formulate a plan to deal with both the controversial practice, as well as the fact that their clinic accepts taxpayer funds in order provide counseling such as this conversion therapy.
Bachmann says this is “not something Americans are interested in.” Does America agree?
Meanwhile, Bachmann is trying to change the media narrative again, this time by throwing herself into the debt ceiling debate. Her compromise? Cut spending by “eliminating Obamacare.”
So if Bachmann starts to flounder, who steps in to get the religious right vote? It’s becoming more and more clear that candidate may be Texas Governor Rick Perry. Another sign of his seriousness? He’s apparently making calls in New Hampshire and Iowa, shoring up possible support.
In some ways, a Perry run makes perfect sense. Bachmann’s candidacy proved that the evangelicals and social conservatives want someone strong to back. But was the party of traditional values ever truly going to be comfortable with the idea of a female president? Likely no, making Perry the perfect person to swap into place.
Frontrunner Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is experiencing the frustrations that go along with being ahead — the fact that you become a constant target. The latest attack? A new website saying that he’s “not a conservative” due to his record on gay marriage and his tax increases while serving as governor. The website’s proprietor declares he is not working for another GOP contender, which is probably code for “Joe Miller hired me.” Joe Miller, of course, is one of the 22 people who “signed” at the site.
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