Against many commentators, I will say unapologetically that it was a perfectly legitimate question. A journalist should ask questions relevant to each candidate's own individual beliefs and positions. You wouldn't ask Herman Cain if he submits to his wife because he's never indicated he thinks this might be a biblical mandate (as far as I know). Nor would you care if Mrs. Romney submits to her husband because no one cares, she is not the one wanting our vote, not the one who will be making the decisions. And assertive though Mrs. Gingrich is said to be, it's Mr. Gingrich that is running for the nomination. But Mrs Bachmann is a "Mrs". And she has publicly said she submits to her husband because Scripture teaches her to do so. So, yes, it is a relevant and legitimate question for her and her alone.
But the American public can breath easy. If we are to believe Bachmann's response to York, submission doesn't really mean submission. It means respect. It even means mutual respect. Goodness, Mrs. Bachmann is sounding more and more like she's been reading CBEs materials rather than CBMWs, doesn't she? But I'll let Mrs. Bachmann speak for herself:
Both he and I, what submission means to us, if that's what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband. . .And he respects me as his wife. That's how we operate our marriage. We respect each other, we love each other, and I've been so grateful that we've been able to build a home together . . .
Bachmann, in her interview today, doesn't seem to have elaborated on that answer, instead she has reiterated and affirmed it. So all you folks who were holding your breath can let it out now. Marcus Bachmann will not be directing foreign or domestic policy for his submissive wife. She doesn't really mean submission in the biblical sense,where wives are called to submit to their husbands in a way that husbands, who do not receive a reciprocal commandment to submit to their wives, are not. She means a sort of mutual admiration society that does sound remarkably like the doctrine of the Egalitarians.
We should all learn the lesson Byron York learned. It's a lesson the feminists have been trying to teach us for more than a generation. They WILL play with the big boys whether you like it or not. But if you dare treat one of them as if she actually WAS a big boy - your name will be reviled throughout the land.
It's a boy's game, but they want to play by the girl's rules. Fail to learn that lesson at your own risk.