We don't often give Michele Bachmann props (though this isn't the first time) but we do like to dole out credit when it's due.
That said, at the recent Values Voter Summit -- you know, the same one where she gave this speech -- Bachmann had some surprisingly shrewd things to say about gay marriage and where it stands among the pantheon of issues people are concerned about this election season.
Asked about gays tying the knot during an interview with SiriusXM Progress, Bachmann said, "It's not an issue.... In fact, it's boring."
That echoed comments she made about gay marriage a couple of weeks earlier in another interview, when she said: "I think that was an issue, yeah. I think it was in the last election and the previous election, but I think, you know, it's changing now." (Quotes via the Huffington Post.)
Reading between the lines, it seems she's suggesting public opinion has made itself clear and gay-unfriendlies like her have found themselves on the wrong side of the issue. That's a remarkably objective analysis for someone who not so long ago argued that marriage equality represents society's first step down a slippery slope that will end up with adults being "able to freely prey on little children sexually," isn't it?
Bachmann even found herself in the highly unusual position of being dinged by social conservatives like the American Family Association's radio host Bryan Fischer, who, told of Bachmann's comment at the Values Voter Summit, said, "Unfortunately, there are people in the conservative movement who have sort of given up."
"There are even evangelical leaders sending signals that the battle is over, that the battle is lost," he continued. "'We'll never be able to capture the millennials. They're gone.' I think it's way premature for that."
But before you start feeling regret over the fact that Bachmann has only a couple of months left representing exurban Minnesota, consider that after her gay marriage comments created a bit of a stir, she felt compelled to water them down.
"I'm the woman who carried the traditional marriage amendment in Minnesota, and I stand firm in my belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman," she subsequently told WND (via the Huffington Post). (How'd that marriage amendment work out for you, by the way, Michele?) "What I said is that this won't be the issue that drives the 2014 [midterm] election."
In other words, Americans might find it in their hearts to start disliking gay people again in time for a subsequent election somewhere down the line.
That sounds more like the Bachmann we know and love, in our weird sort of way.