"So, we've already heard that Iowa-based homophobe Bob Vander Plaats and his merry group of anti-gay social conservatives, The Family Leader, are asking Republican presidential candidates to pledge allegianceto a document calledThe Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family. And, yes, we all knew they would include a vow against marriage equality, but the document is far more disturbing than imagined.
In addition to asking candidates to agree that our Founding Fathers, Natural law, Christianity and Judaism - but not Islam -- are rooted in "faithful monogamy," the questionable claim that marriage leads to longer, healthier lives, and the idea "robust childbearing" bolsters national security, the document also demands candidates agree that homosexuality is a choice,rather than a biological trait.
Social protections…have been evaporating as we have collectively ‘debased the currency’ of marriage…in complete absence of empirical proof, that non-heterosexual inclination are genetically determined, irresistible and akin to innate traits like race, gender and eye color; as well as anti-scientific bias which holds, against all empirical evidence, that homosexual behavior in particular, and sexual promiscuity in general, optimizes individual or public"Now it doesn't matter one jot what the "progressive" blogophere thinks about Bachman's signing the pledge as their ridicule counts for nothing in the run up to the GOP nomination-in fact it could be seen as a plus for Bachman as "if the radicals are against me I must be doing something right and it proves I am a true,values based conservative".
What does matter is the absolute stirring up of the Gay/Lesbian community a Bachman candidacy would bring. That community would, perhaps rightly, see in her running for president the potential rolling back of all their attempts for equality over the past thirty years or so. That this community could exert a massive influence on the voters out of all proportion to their numbers is without a doubt, and in a close election that influence could make all the difference.
If the Gay community accounts for about 10% of the population that in itself is a significant figure in a close election. If it is presumed that the proportion of Gays in the media/arts/Hollywood/television (as talking heads, news presenters, scriptwriters, producers etc) is significantly higher, then their potential for influencing the electorate across this mass media is substantial.
Further, it need not be overt given the behind the scenes positions of many-the Late night comedians scriptwriters have commenced their Bachman lampooning already for example.
This sort of group activity was proven devastatingly effective by the "Journolist" group of liberal media personalties who clubbed together to do everything possible to enhance the Obama campaign whilst denigrating the McCain campaign-covertly and under the umbrella of their putatively neutral publications.
The threat of Bachman winning the nomination has been recognized by the Beltway insiders, who have commenced their hatchet jobs "The rise and fall of Michele Bachman" already. This would be a drop in the bucket compared to the unleashing of the full fury of a community which felt threatened. A Bachman nomination could, without a doubt, result in an election defeat worse than Mondale's as the Obama team would not, as the courtly Reagan did, to not unduly humiliate Mondale by him losing all 50 states, refuse to campaign in Minnesota.
On the other hand Sarah Palin is seen as a moderate on social issues by many in the Gay and Lesbian community, including some high profile media personalities. Hillbuzz, a significant Gay voice is hugely supportive of Palin, as is Tammy Bruce and, eccentrically and perhaps for libidinal reasons so is this gay site "Oh Crap I Have a Crush On Sarah Palin". It would be difficult for the leftist Gay sites to attack Palin as homophobic, when everything she has done in public life (and private) points to the other direction.
Of all the potential Republican candidates only Palin would stand a chance of getting though a presidential run not being a target of the Gay community, and would have a chance to discuss the economic issues which are paramount. Only Palin has an active Gay Facebook support page e.g. "Gays For Palin"
To nominate any other candidate would invite electoral destruction-the conservative element has a candidate, in Sarah Palin, should she run, whom they can trust as a true Christian and true to life, there is no need, in fact it would be a disaster, to follow Bachman off a cliff to electoral humiliation.