Smear Factor

First Governor Goodhair, now Crazy Eyes:

Michele Bachmann is practically synonymous with political controversy, and if the 2008 presidential election is any guide, the conservative Lutheran church she belonged to for many years is likely to add another chapter due to the nature of its beliefs — such as its assertion, explained and footnoted on this website, that the Roman Catholic Pope is the Antichrist.

So, the governing body of a church that Bachmann once attended has some unkind things to say about the Pope. This is relevant, how?

And no, “payback for Jeremiah Wright” is not an answer. If we’re to be Outraged! by cheap guilt-by-association tactics on one side, it doesn’t help the cause to indulge them on the other.

Political spouses, on the other hand, are fair game. If we’re amused by Mr. Palin and Mr. Bachmann and Mrs. Justice Thomas and Mrs. Gingrich III, then we’re formally obligated to be amused when Mrs. Obama is finally revealed to be the Black Nationalist that everybody hopes she is. You’ll know the game’s afoot when Mr. Obama gets caught wearing a skinny black bow tie.

And besides, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren’t lacking for plenty of legitimate excuses to despise them. Politics may be bloodsport in Our Exceptional Nation, but even bloodsport has rules.

On the other hand, if this causes a consternation among her followers, then we’re all for it. After all, they’re the only ones who cared about Jeremiah Wright in the first place.

Michele Bachmann’s Church Says the Pope Is the Antichrist [Atlantic]

I don’t think the controversy is entirely incidental. Consider: people like Bachmann wear their religion on the sleeve and explicitly reject the notion that our governing institutions should be islands of secularism that leave religious matters to the individual churches, temples and synagogues and the consciences of the people who attend them.

Given that this is the case, I think Catholic voters have an interest in knowing that Bachmann’s church holds to the docrine that the Pope is the Anti-Christ.*

*Funny how there have been over 250 Anti-Christs over the years, but not one Second Coming.

I like the “Swamp Thang” comics.

@Serolf Divad: Oh, I don’t know. I think most of us have come at least twice, no?

@Manchu: these people are not WASPs, whose only real religious convictions are scotch in winter, gin in summer, and no wearing white after Labor Day. Mentioning God is considered tacky among my people.

I dunno. I think the whole fairness thing is a good point, but I can’t help but agree with Serolf here. In the case of Obama, it’s not like he touts his religious beliefs every chance he gets. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’ll absolutely jump on a chance to say he’s a God-fearing Christian when asked, but people like Bachmann (and, y’know, her husband) use the phrase “God’s will” like Giuliani does “9/11.” If they didn’t have such a nasty habit of using religion as a political tool, I’d say Nojo was completely right, but seeing as that’s not nearly the case, I’m a little on the fence here. Do I think it should matter? Absolutely not. But I can’t really shake the feeling that it does :/

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