Fortunately, we don’t have to worry too much about what Michele Bachmann has to say, because ultimately she will never be president.
Ever since Rick Perry entered the race, any chance she might have had to corral the potent combination of cultural and fiscal conservatives evaporated. This is partly because, when given the choice, those who might have voted for her probably feel subconsciously or even consciously that womenfolk belong in a support position while the man should lead. It gives Perry a huge edge, the kind of edge he will have when these same voters find all kinds of reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney other than that he’s a Mormon.
So when Michele Bachmann calls for drilling in the Everglades⎯ which, as some outside Florida may not know, is our source of drinking water besides being a national resource⎯we can, thankfully, ignore her. Of course, she qualified her statement with the amusing locution, “drilling responsibly.”
We’ve seen what “responsible” drilling can do to the Gulf of Mexico, thank you very much.
One would like to think that hot shots like Sen. Marco Rubio would see the prevention of Everglades oil drilling as a non-partisan given, but lately Florida Republicans in their misbegotten “drill, baby, drill” zeal can no longer be depended upon to safeguard the environment of their own state.
One matter for concern is that the more it gets brought up, the more acceptable the unthinkable becomes, especially to those non-Floridians who only worry about pump prices. So Ms. Bachmann didn’t do the Sunshine State any favors, even if she isn’t a serious contender.