On Monday, we told you about Emma Sullivan, a teenager who tweeted her displeasure at governor Sam Brownback and then stuck to her guns after his staff whined about it. But last night, a teen from Waverly, Iowa one-upped Sullivan, confronting Michele Bachmann to her face—in a room full of Bachmann supporters.
During last night's GOP primary debate, Michele Bachmann decried Rick Perry's rather sensible gubernatorial decision: an executive order to make Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, mandatory for girls. Rick Perry sounded suspiciously like a pro-Obamacare, liberal feminist when he shot back that "cervical cancer is a horrible way to die," that he was trying to "make a difference about young people's lives" and "stop a cancer."
At the tail end of Bachmann's otherwise standard conservative argument against Gardasil—that it corrupts "innocent little 12-year-old girls"—there was a pleasant surprise: she called out Rick Perry's cozy relationship with the Austin pharmaceutical company that distributes the drug. She does have a point. Why else would a small-government politician, whose positions on women's health and sex education range from draconian to nonsensical, support a vaccine that protects women against sexually transmitted diseases? Suddenly, Perry's incongruous defense of Gardasil started to make sense.