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Michele Bachmann got opportunity to run for president without focus on gender

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Someday, a woman will be president of the United States. Numerous political experts think the first female president will be a Republican. Regardless of party or how she got there, one person she will thank is Michele Bachmann.

She will also thank Geraldine Ferraro, Pat Schroder, Carol Moseley Braun, Condoleezza Rice, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and many other female political role models. The one thing that Bachmann was able to do was run a presidential campaign, rise and fall, on the merits of what she said and what she did and not because of her gender.

Bachmann did win the Ames straw poll, the pinnacle of her campaign. Bachmann did say some crazy things, like repeat without thought or consideration a remark she says she heard from someone about how the HPV vaccine causes “retardation.”

If she had been a stronger candidate, you might have seen stories about her husband, Marcus, trying to live up to the First Lady image. Then again from what we saw, he might have enjoyed that part of the job.

All of those things weren’t judged on Bachmann being a female candidate, just a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Of course, Katie Couric didn’t get a chance to do a major interview with Bachmann. This definitely helped Bachmann avoid any derogatory questions.

Let’s be clear: Bachmann didn’t necessarily do anything major to hold this position in history. But she didn’t anything negative, ala Sarah Palin.

Bachmann’s announcement after the Iowa caucus means her run for the presidency is over in 2012. But that door to a female president got a little wider … thanks to Michele Bachmann.


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