Rep. Michele Bachmann, who recently declared she was running for president, returned to her home state of Minnesota this weekend and was met by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters -- and at least one person who was not all that pleased with the Congresswoman. In fact, the woman in question, according to CNN, attacked Bachmann with glitter. Although the video of the incident is a classic fail, it is designed to gain attention for the LGBT community and the publicity it is receiving guarantees that, though fail it was, the message made it through.
Just after bashing President Obama on his economic policies and calling him a "one term president," Bachmann attempted to exit the stage. As the video shows, before she could take a few steps, a woman runs up and cast a little glitter in the representative's general direction. A burly security guard appears and hustles the glitter-tosser away as she screams, "You can run but you can't hide."
The scene seems all too familiar. And it should be. The same thing happened to another Republican presidential hopeful a few weeks ago. Newt Gingrich was at a book signing when a man stepped up and stated the same "You can run but you can't hide" line. He then doused Gingrich with a massive amount of glitter.
The difference was that far more glitter was tossed at and on Gingrich. Yet, the message remained the same.
So what's going on?
It appears that a group of activists calling themselves the "Glitterati" are on a "mission to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community" to take "bold action to demand full legal and social equality." They are part of GetEQUAL, an organization designed to effect "progressive change" concerning alternative (different from heterosexual) lifestyles and "hold accountable those who stand in our way."
GetEQUAL states that it will push for change regardless of party affiliation or organizational agenda, but thus far it appears that the only people targeted have been high profile Republican presidential candidates.
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was showered with pink glitter in San Francisco Thursday (also at a book signing), according to ABC News and Politico. Two women shouted as they hurled the glitter, "'Tim Pawlenty, where is your courage to stand? Stand for reproductive rights! Stand for gay rights!'"
The women were members of CODEPINK, another gay rights activist organization known primarily for their anti-war demonstrations. A spokesperson for the group said that they wanted to single out Pawlenty for his views on gay marriage.
Who's next? Given the large numbers of Republicans known for their anti-gay stances, like former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, another high-profile anti-gay politician running for the 2012 GOP nomination, it would appear that the next victim might also be conservative. But GetEQUAL says their mission crosses party boundaries, so Democrats could just as easily be targeted. Or even high-profile individuals that aren't politicians.