Gay rights activists have "glitter-bombed" Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty in recent weeks, causing each momentary embarrassment and perhaps a heightened sense of vulnerability, but certainly no physical harm. And both, to their credit, took the incidents in a good-natured manner. Gay activists now credit those two with having "seen the rainbow," and the press refers to them as being members of the "glitterati."
Yesterday another activist tried to expand the ranks of the glitterati by hurling a glitter bomb at Minnesota Congresswoman (and welfare recipient) Michele Bachmann. Fortunately, the glitter bomber missed. I say that the miss was fortunate, because if Bachmann had been hit, there would have been hell to pay.
Not only is Michele Bachmann a world-class drama queen, she is also known for not playing nice. In fact, she doesn't play at all. Bachmann has built her career on vilifying certain groups, chief among which are gay Americans.
In April of 2005 when Bachmann was running for Congress she was speaking to a small group at a town hall meeting. When people in the gay-friendly audience started asking about her opposition to gay marriage, she cut the meeting short and headed to the bathroom. Two women, one of whom was a five-foot-tall ex-nun, followed her into the bathroom to continue the discussion. Bachmann responded to their presence by screaming, "Help! Help! I'm being held against my will." She fled the scene and called police. Her report said that she had been "absolutely terrified" and "had no idea what those two women were going to do to me."
The county attorney, knowing a stunt when he smelled one, declined to press charges.
So think before throwing those glitter bombs at Michele. She is humorless. And woe be to the first male reporter who stands in her way or, God forbid, accidentally touches her. That's when the game will really turn ugly!