Bachmann wants no scrutiny of her husband but went after Michelle Obama in ’08

Although Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has ducked questions about her husband’s psychology practice by saying that her family is off-limits to media scrutiny during the presidential campaign, the Associated Press notes that in the 2008 election Bachmann wasn’t afraid to go after Michelle Obama.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Thursday, Bachmann wouldn’t answer a question about the methods used in a psychology clinic she co-owns with her husband, Marcus:

“I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency. Neither are my children. Neither is our business. Neither is our foster children,” Bachmann said.

But, AP says:

The Minnesota congresswoman hasn’t always adhered to the same wall of separation for candidate spouses, however.

Bachmann raised doubts about now-President Barack Obama’s patriotism in 2008 and used comments from the candidate’s wife, Michelle, to do it.

Michelle Obama drew conservative scorn over her assessment of America while campaigning in Wisconsin in February 2008.

Notes the story:

To be sure, the line of engagement with political spouses can be fuzzy.

Bachmann tangled with Michelle Obama earlier this year over public policy when the first lady promoted tax breaks for breast pumps for nursing mothers.

Bachmann argued that the IRS decision to classify breast pumps as deductible medical-care purchases was using the tax code “as social engineering” and labeling it part of a “nanny state” mentality. Bachmann noted that she breastfed her five children without help from the government.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jim Roth on 08/01/2011 - 11:40 am.

    I don’t know how many different ways there are to define Bachmann’s double standards and hypocrisy. And since when hasn’t the tax code been used for “social engineering” of all kinds? She’s supposedly a tax lawyer. She should know this. Oh, I get it, it’s only “social engineering” when it’s something she opposes.

  2. Submitted by J E Strader on 08/01/2011 - 03:09 pm.

    Oh, Ms. Shrill! In October 2006, you said “But the Lord says be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.” As soon as you claim that you are a submissive wife, that you adhere to your husband’s judgment in all things, then your husband loses any privacy that courtesy might have given him. We need to know the mind of the person that might someday have their finger on The Button — and you’ve admitted that isn’t you.

  3. Submitted by William Pappas on 08/01/2011 - 08:28 pm.

    Bachmann is the ultimate hypocrite. She professes adherence to wise and discretionary spending yet supports the most rediculous and unnecessary bridge project this state has seen. Can anyone justify a 700 million dollar infrastructure project on the St. Croix just to help commuters from Somerset and New Richmond along with the historic district in downtown Stillwater. Absurd. And right, it is clearly pork for her district.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/03/2011 - 12:32 pm.

    Seems to me that when Mrs. Obama entered the political arena with public comments on tax policy and announcing her new-found love for country, she is fair game for Obama political opponents.

    Mr. Bachmann has made no such entry into the public arena and should be off-limits unless and until he does.

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