Christian Evagelicals basically run the Republican party in Iowa. And a powerful Christian Evangelical is Bob Vander Plaats of the Iowa FAMiLY Leader. Today he endorsed Rick Santorum for president yesterday, destroying any perception that the religious right leadership is committed to picking an electable candidate.
Vander Plaats promptly called Michele Bachmann and asked her to drop out of the race, according to Fox News and Bachmann's Communications Director. That's the thanks she gets from Vander Plaats as an early signer of his absurd "Declaration of Dependence Upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY." Bachmann even protected Vander Plaats (or threw him under the bus, depending on how you interpret it), claiming that the statement in the Declaration that black families were better off during slavery (later removed) wasn't in the version of she signed.
Ames Straw Poll this summer.
The request for Bachmann to drop out was sexism plain and simple. Had she have been a man, the Christian Right would have seen her as the perfect canidate.
It is not the first time that Bachmann felt the sting of sexism during the campaign, Newt Gingrich has been condescending to her during the debates.
Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton were victims of political sexism in 2008. We elected a black President so political racism may be in our rear view mirror - but sexism is alive and well. Just ask Michelle Bachmann.