THE BLOG

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Amy Parmenter Headshot

Michele Bachmann's Misstep on Traditional Values

Posted: Updated:

Wow, that waitress looks just like Michele Bachmann. That's literally what I thought as I glanced up at the TV and caught a quick clip of a woman filling Rick Perry's water glass.

Then I did a double take and realized ... that is Michele Bachmann! (Photo here.)

Are you kidding me? Am I the only one who thought that Bachmann's filling the water glasses of her fellow -- and I do mean fellow -- candidates was the political misstep of the year?

Maybe not. Maybe I missed the video of her helping the boys cut their meat.

I mean -- what was she thinking? (Scratch that.) Maybe she just forgot for a moment that she is running for President of the United States and not the PTA.

Oh, sure. Let's kid. After all it was a 'family values' gathering. Okay, I'm going to resist the temptation to point out the contradiction in terms among the candidates present (yes, Newt was there...) and just point out that 'traditional' family roles do not support women running for president.

I, for one, found her filling of the glasses to be outrageously offensive and inappropriate.

If you think I'm off base here -- try to picture Herman Cain filling glasses in keeping with 'traditional values.' Tell me that would not warrant a headline.

It's not that I don't believe in women filling water glasses. I would gladly fill my husband's water glass any time. But only because he'd gladly fill mine.

So, until I see Rick Santorum jumping up to pull out Bachmann's chair, I think she should let the boys pour their own water -- and light their own cigars. Did she get their coats for them at the end of the night and remind them to drive safely?

As long as we're promoting traditions, why not stand under the mistletoe Michele? C'mon! Be a sport!

This isn't about politics. It's simply about acknowledging that we still live in a patriarchal society where women are expected to serve men or accept lower wages for the same work.

The only values Michele's actions support are old-fashioned values that discount the value of women. You can't serve the drinks and serve as leader of the free world.

So which is it going to be Michele? Baking brownies or balancing the budget? If you want a seat at the table, nobody is going to take you seriously if you also feel the need to clear it.