Pelosi's Perfect Two-Word Takedown Of Bachmann's DOMA Reaction (Video)

Owen Poindexter
Nancy Pelosi gave a perfect two-word takedown of Michele Bachmann's thoughts on the repeal of DOMA.

Nancy Pelosi was asked how she would respond to Michele Bachmann's reaction to the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Some context: Michele Bachmann is a crazy right-wing nut who likes to make things up and never saw a homophobic view that seemed too extreme for her. Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, and, by most standards, a reasonable person. Now that you have the scene, here's the interaction.

REPORTER: Congresswoman Bachmann put out a statement and she essentially said that the decision today cannot undo God's word. How do you react to that?

PELOSI (shrugging): Who cares?

It's a quietly glorious statement. We don't have to care about Michele Bachmann's views on gay people in the same way that eventually we could stop caring about Strom Thurmond's view on African Americans. There are some persistent political debates that swing back and forth (how much should we regulate markets? how much surveillance is worth the loss of privacy?) but equality only really goes in one direction.

You have the right to be racist, sexist and homophobic, and the rest of us have the right to not care. It's one of the best rights there is.