Woman Who Ran for President Says U.S. Not Ready for Female President

Michele Bachmann, in rebutting Hillary Clinton, forgets her own campaign past.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (C) heads for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Matt Vasilogambros
Feb. 20, 2014, 8 a.m.

The irony seems lost on tea-party stal­wart Michele Bach­mann.

The former can­did­ate for the 2012 Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion for pres­id­ent said in an in­ter­view this week that Amer­ic­ans “aren’t ready” for a fe­male pres­id­ent.

“I think there was a cachet about hav­ing an Afric­an-Amer­ic­an pres­id­ent be­cause of guilt,” the win­ner of the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll said. “People don’t hold guilt for wo­men.”

The com­ments came after she was asked about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s chances to win the pres­id­ency in 2016. Clin­ton’s gender, along with her ties to Pres­id­ent Obama and the Benghazi at­tack, might be enough to lure voters to the Re­pub­lic­an tick­et, Bach­mann claims.

But pub­lic polling seems to sug­gest the op­pos­ite of Bach­mann’s claim on Amer­ic­an read­i­ness for a fe­male pres­id­ent. A poll from last May showed that 86 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans think the United States is ready to elect a fe­male pres­id­ent.

For a wo­man, though, who was cri­ti­cized on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions for the amount of makeup she wore to de­bates and events — the type of sex­ist cri­ti­cism that is re­served mainly (re­mem­ber John Ed­wards’ hair?) for a fe­male can­did­ate — along with be­ing in­tro­duced on a late-night TV show to the tune of Ly­in’ Ass Bitch, it’s no sur­prise that the pres­id­en­tial run left a bad taste.