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  •  meh. (7+ / 0-)

    I can't quite put my finger on it, but here goes...

    I think it's the glass ceiling part. As offensive as I find MB, that glass ceiling is a firmly entrenched part of our culture, at all levels. I know way too many very talented women who are under/unemployed, running up against that ceiling.

    Women who have challenged the status quo and tried to break that ceiling have been historically marginalized and, coincidentally, called "crazy" or worse.

    This cartoon feels like a thinly veiled gender attack. You can't substitute Eric Cantor in for MB with the same result, and his ideas are just as far off the edge.

    Bachmann isn't crazy. She's dangerous, she'll devious, she's ill-informed and prone to gaffes, she'll knife you in the back when you're turned. She's neofascist. Her ideas are crazy. A person who knowingly uses crazy ideas to obtain and hold power is ruthless, not necessarily crazy.

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    by stcroix cheesehead on Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 08:00:35 AM PDT

    •  Okay (5+ / 0-)

      I thought it was just me. Somehow that cartoon did what I thought was impossible - made me feel a little sympathy for MB. Given that it comes out right after the migraine story and reports of how she has to go into the office any lay down with the lights off when one comes on...I just didn't like it. My favorite cousin has the same condition - this seems like a slap at it. Kind of grossed me out, actually.

      •  You've noticed something very important. (3+ / 0-)

        Start back with Sarah Palin and the feeding frenzy going right down to the motherhood of her youngest child, "I can see Russia from my house", etc.

        That, for better or worse, is the backdrop for Bachmann.

        If Bachmann can ovoid seeming like some "Wink-wink" weirdo, the same attack on her will represent:

        1. Two consecutive female Republican candidates brutalized,
        2. One of whom seems sort of normal.

        Won't look pretty, and, as a bonus, would have the secondary effect of rehabilitating Palin somewhat "Gee - Iget it now. Those people are so MEAN!!!".

        Better to focus on the issues and leave the "crazy woman" out of it. Let her self-destruct if she's going to, don't be caught looking like sexist pigs if she's not.

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        by dinotrac on Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 08:39:28 AM PDT

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    •  I dunno (6+ / 0-)

      As a woman who has worked against the glass ceiling for many years (and I knew the woman who invented the term), and has seen it used against far too many who are talented, skilled, underemployed and generally better at doing whatever than the men hired/promoted over them, I thought it was hilarious.

      That said, I do agree with you that Bachmann is dangerous, devious, ill-informed, neofascist and downright batshit crazy, which is not meant as any kind of insult to anyone with any sort of mental incapacitation whatsoever -- which description probabaly includes most of the population.

      Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

      by Mnemosyne on Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 08:58:23 AM PDT

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      •  I think the part that falls flat for me (0+ / 0-)

        If the use of the glass ceiling in reference to Bachman. She obviously has not been hampered by it - being in one of the highest offices in the nation.

        For me, the implication that her lack of reaching the Presidency is due to an unjust social phenomenon (the glass ceiling), rather than being due to her bizarre, extremist beliefs and behaviors just doesn't work.

        The glass ceiling isn't her problem.

        For me, it might have been better to have the final statement be something along the lines of "generally we don't want someone near the nuclear launch button when they can't be trusted to eat with a fork."

        Once the bear eats your friend, there's no one left to outrun. And it'll still be hungry.

        by radical simplicity on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 09:33:37 AM PDT

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    •  Bachmann is crazy (0+ / 0-)

      She doesn't seem to share the same objective reality with the rest of us, she doesn't respond to logic or facts, she doesn't make rational decisions.  She & Glenn Beck both belong in a padded room.  

      When Tom Tomorrow did the Republican circus, he pointed out how crazy she is in a tasteful way.

      I agree that this cartoon is sexist because the "glass ceiling" comment made the focus of her crazy not on the fact she's a teabagger, but on the fact she's a woman. The joke isn't on teabaggers, or Bachmann, it's on women.

      I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

      by Futuristic Dreamer on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 08:50:50 AM PDT

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