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Bachmann film praises the role of women in the Tea Party

The trailer for “Fire from the Heartland”

Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon

But whether the ads were meant to promote her or the movie, billboards and TV spots with the candidate’s face looming large can only help to raise Bachmann’s profile among conservatives, especially women, the voting bloc to which the film is devoted.

Rep. Michele Bachmann
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Rep. Michele Bachmann

Palin and Bachmann are playing different roles in the Tea Party, Bannon said. Bachmann is the firebrand, the “Patrick Henry or Thomas Paine,” and Palin is the hands-on former executive with governing experience. Bannon, who also directed the Palin documentary “The Undefeated,” made his allegiance between the pair clear.

Sarah Palin
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Sarah Palin

Recent research suggests that despite the high profile of several women in the Tea Party, the gender gap still exists. 

Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by craig furguson on 08/17/2011 - 10:18 am.

    “The movie highlights what it calls the rising influence of conservative women, even as research shows they’re few and far between.”

    Shame on you for looking at research : )

  2. Submitted by Maureen Nalezny on 08/17/2011 - 10:53 am.

    I just can’t help thinking of Orwell’s “1984.” So much jargon, so much spin. As we say in Minnesota, “Ish.”

  3. Submitted by Jerilyn Jackson on 08/17/2011 - 11:52 am.

    Will women really be taken in by this nonsense? The people featured in this trailer have a long history of pushing for anti-women, anti-children legislation, fighting against: children’s healthcare, public education, programs that help single mothers, women’s health clinics, coverage for contraceptives- the list goes on and on.

  4. Submitted by Loretta Holscher on 08/17/2011 - 12:12 pm.

    In 1984, I approached the President of NOW at the Democratic National Convention and posed this statement and question. I was working in what was “non-traditional” work and expressed that I am for women’s rights and that I was also not favoring abortion rights. “Is there any way NOW would be willing to alter their view on abortion?”, I asked. Her reply was to say absolutely not. I further said that I could see this issue polarizing women thus weakening our strength.
    Well guess what, 26 years later, the strong voices of women, alienated by that position have found strength in voices of Michele Bachman and Sarah Palin and a multitude of others. We act like this is an anomaly? I don’t think so. Women that are opposed to abortion and have potential to be a candidate do not have a place in the Democratic Party and would never pass the “purity” test. What a loss to Democrats, me among them.
    Loretta Holscher

  5. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/17/2011 - 01:54 pm.

    Umm Loretta?…..Women that are pro-choice and have potential to be a candidate do not have a place in the Republican Party and would never pass the “purity” test. What’s your point?

    I’m amused that any demographic…..women, blacks, etc. are supposed to have one single solitary view on any particular issue. I’m still waiting for the news reporter to go to one man to get the viewpoint of the white, middle aged male position on an issue.

  6. Submitted by Jerilyn Jackson on 08/17/2011 - 02:30 pm.

    Just because NOW holds a prochoice position doesn’t mean Democrats can’t be and aren’t antichoice. It’s one organization and doesn’t speak for everyone. The problem comes when single issue (e.g. abortion) voters ignore the harm caused by Republican policies to children after they have been born.

  7. Submitted by Sallie VanHouten on 08/17/2011 - 02:48 pm.

    The opposite of anti-abortion is NOT pro-abortion. No one is for abortion I suspect even women who have them are against them. It is a horrible decision and I can not imagine what it would be like. I am against them and usually vote Democratic. There are plenty of Democratic women who are against abortion. I am against them and would never have one but I also respect the rights of others on this issue. It is not up to me to make that decision for other women. Education and available birth control are a no-brainer way to eliminate or decrease abortion so why are conservative women trying to cut funding for those programs? No one on the planet is pro-abortion so lets concentrate on why women are driven to that decision and fix that instead of trying to take away personal freedom and choice.

  8. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/17/2011 - 06:56 pm.

    Recent history shows that 60% of women vote democrat and 40% vote republican.

    The reverse is true of men.

    The primordial and maternal instincts of the female gender that cause them to seek shelter in a collective and gravitate to those who promise to protect their young, has influenced their choice for political leadership since they were given the right to vote in 1920.

    The founding fathers recognized that these priorities were antithetical to a free society, where men valued liberty, pulled their own weight, expected others to do likewise, and so they limited voting to men for just that reason.

    But things are changing. And conservative women have gained the respect of conservative men because they desire freedom and limited government as much as (most) men do. May their ranks continue to grow, inspired by pioneers like Bachmann and Palin.

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/18/2011 - 08:01 am.

    Sensible Republicans, assuming there are some left, will know Bachmann is unelectable nationally. No doubt Obama is cheering her on.

  10. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/18/2011 - 06:47 pm.

    Bachmann’s biggest enemies are liberal men and gays, if I’m not being redundant.

  11. Submitted by Brian Turner on 08/20/2011 - 12:48 pm.

    I’m a liberal man…I’m not gay…and you, Mr.Tester, have made one truly offensive comment. Your previous post outlined your feelings, and your latest outlined your true heart. You echo the manner of the two women you praise…and THAT’S why people like me oppose them. And you. It’s not your beliefs – it’s the content of your character.

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