So, there’s this group in Iowa called The Family Leader that has likened homosexuality to a health risk more dangerous than second-hand smoke. Who would take that kind of flawed thinking seriously? And if you were asked flat-out “if you agreed with that,” you’d surely say an emphatic “No!” Right? Not if you’re Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)  

Igor Volsky, who writes for the ThinkProgress blog for the liberal Center for American Progress, asked Bachmann this very question at a Family Leader event in Iowa yesterday.

VOLSKY: Congresswoman, some groups — including this one, I believe — have argued that homosexuality is a public health crisis akin to second-hand smoking. I was wondering if you agreed with that.
BACHMANN: Um. I — I don’t have an answer on that. I don’t have an answer. Why don’t I have another question.

She doesn’t have an answer? Seriously?!

Maybe not all is lost. Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R), who reportedly will be tapped by Bachmann to be her Iowa political director, does have an answer. “I think that’s absurd,” Sorenson told Scott Keyes of ThinkProgress last month in a video interview. “I would never make that argument, and I haven’t heard anybody in Iowa make that argument, so I’m not sure where you’re coming up with that from.”

Absurd, indeed.