O’Reilly’s figured it out!
This starts about two minutes in, and is TERRIFYINGLY awkward — even Michele Bachmann is disturbed:
O’REILLY: Do you think — and this is an off-the-wall question. And I’m telling the audience that it’s just something that’s occurred to me. Both you and Sarah Palin are good-looking women. I mean, you’re attractive, young — relatively young — women who other women can identify with. You’re a mom, a wife. You had a private-sector job.
I think that’s it. I think that the success of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann drive the far left crazy because you don’t fit — they don’t like what you believe in, but you can attract others to listen to you. I think that’s what’s going on.
Note that this incorporates both the Kathleen Parker Thesis and its opposite: Michele Bachmann can “attract others to listen” to her, like Bill O’Reilly, who wants 15 minutes in a motel with her for a Cleveland Steamer, but also Keith Olbermann, who wants to schtup her so badly that he talks about her on his television program, with OUTRAGE. (Rachel Maddow, as a lesbian, would also want to Scissor with Bachmann under this theory.)
Maybe it has something to do with the things she says, though, which are ten times as frequent and insane as your run-of-the-mill congressional jackass. She’s not even hot, is the other thing.