I'll be glad to join a protest against the kind of culture which allows people like Michele Bachmann to be taken seriously as secular leaders. I'll wave a sign against empowering the Morals Police. I'll chant slogans against requiring kids to be taught that creationism is an exact science. If the weather is nice I'll join a nude flash mob opposing foreign adventurism, nation-building, and the designated hitter rule.
Those kinds of statist stupidites ought to be the subject of protest, 24/7/365, in one way or another.
But the wholesale creation of a new generation of Cotton Mathers is not very directly Michele's fault. If she panders to the dimdippitydoowops who make up the Neocon Right, she is merely reacting to market forces in her industry, just like Barack Obama does on the flipside of the same political racket.
I will not join a protest designed to shut her up, and I like to think that even if I were one of a starry-eyed liberals infesting the city of Grinnell, Iowa, and its famously collectivist college, I would have retained enough respect for Amendment One to shut up and let her prate.
Both sides handled the aftermath stupidly if media reports are anywhere near accurate.. Bachmann's Iowa handler, Danny Carroll, claimed, almost certainly falsely, that the pumpkin farm gathering was always intended to be a strictly private fundraiser. The students claimed, almost certainly falsely, that they had gathered to listen respectfully to Bachmann's remarks.
Michele mingled with the visitors who coughed up $25 to be there, strolled around the farm quickly, and left. But not before feeding a goat, speaking of pandering.