Of Gnats and Camels

I try not to be too surprised by what happens in politics, but the latest media focus on Michele Bachmann is fascinating—in a kind of stupid way. She has suffered from migraines; therefore, she might be too incapacitated to be president. Really? That certainly makes her rare, doesn’t it—along with about 30 million other Americans.

Are they serious? Sadly, yes. Now, if her migraines continually kept her from serving as a congresswoman and being able to do her job there, it would be relevant. Apparently, she did miss a couple of votes because of her migraines, in the past five years. That hardly sounds like someone who is incapacitated. How many votes have other congressmen missed, for lesser reasons?

I guess we should be impressed with the devotion of the media to ferreting out the background of a presidential contender. You know, like they did with Barack Obama. Yes, I’m kidding.

And when it comes to missing votes, what about Obama’s tenure in the Illinois legislature? While there, he earned the title of “Senator Present” because that’s the way he voted so many times. What’s worse, missing a few votes because of migraines, or being in the Senate chamber and voting “present”? Was he really doing his job?

If the media had been as dogged in pursuit of Obama’s background, no one would be shocked today by his radical stances. This past week, he endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, thereby opening the door at the national level for homosexual marriage. Some are stunned by this, but not me. His view on this issue was transparent from the start; it’s just that no one cared to check into it.

Congratulations, media. You’ve strained at a gnat and swallowed a camel.