Bachmann vs. Palin is NOT a catfight

This is a cat fight?

This is a cat fight?

American presidential races have suffered for centuries from cadres of windbag white guys spewing all manner of demagoguery on our hapless populace.

Then along come Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, and what happens? The political press says there's gonna be a cat fight because there's only room for one crazy white Republican in town.

Or so says journalism cop Joanne Bamberger at the Poynter Institute.


One of the stories that set Bamberger off was this recent Politico story by Ben Smith and Maggie Habermann: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann size each other up.

There are signs of tensions between the camps. And the iron-clad laws of politics suggest there isn't enough room for the two powerful personalities to occupy the same political space in 2012.

And this Salon piece by Steve Kornacki also struck a nerve: Are we ready for two women at once?


Conventional wisdom has it that there just isn't room in the Republican presidential field for both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann -- ideologically identical culture warriors who appeal to the same restive Tea Party base for the same basic reasons. Oh, and in case you hadn't noticed, they're both women.

Come on, Bamberger says, in How to write about Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann without invoking a 'catfight', all this conventional wisdom is sexist.

We agree. Why limit comparisons of their incendiary rhetoric, epic gaffes and outright lies just to each other when the entire GOP field is worthy?

Tim Pawlenty recognizes the sacred relationship between a predator and his child-bride. Newt Gingrich is so patriotic he can't keep Little Newt in his pants. Constitutional conservative Herman Cain can't stand the 6th Amendment. And Mitt Romney flip flops worse than a fish on a dock.

That's a target-rich environment for political reporters. No need for sexism at all.

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