Michele Bachmann Is Right

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

She just is:


In news that you could kind of see hurtling at you from miles away, Michele Bachmann has already accepted an apology from Jimmy Fallon and she now wants an apology from NBC for her "Lyin' Ass Bitch" intro music. "This wouldn't be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama, it shouldn't be tolerated for a conservative woman," said Bachmann on Fox News claiming that the move was sexist.

"Tolerated" is obviously a subjective word. But I think the central point holds. What would we say if it were Nancy Pelosi or Maxine Waters? 

There are plenty of reason to dis Michele Bachmann -- her endorsement of erroneous and opportunistic invocations of slavery, for instance. I just don't think being a woman who lies -- as humans politicians tend to -- is one of them.

The Roots are in my Top Five, and Black Thought, specifically, is in my Top Three. But this was wrong. I thought they'd dig a little deeper. 

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