Did Newsweek Trick Bachmann Into Looking Crazy?

By Adele

The Tea Party’s in a snit over Michele Bachmann’s Newsweek cover photo and I don’t get it. It’s not like they crammed spinach between her teeth.

Bachmann’s a middle-aged woman with crows’ feet who looks like her contacts are uncomfortable.

Hillary Clinton has been photographed many, many times looking a lot worse — with grimy hair, no makeup, a SCRUNCHIE — and you don’t hear Hillary whining.

In all fairness, Bachmann hasn’t complained, either. She’s got her rabid fan base for that.

But they’re not charging that Newsweek retouched the photo to make Bachmann look bat-shit. Nor has it been suggested the photographer said, “OK, Michele, now let’s get a shot where you’re fantasizing about Mitt Romney or Obama getting hit by a bus.”

Just Google images of Bachmann. She sometimes gets a creepy look in her eye. The Tea Party just doesn’t want you to see it.

We don’t need pictures to show us Bachmann’s nutty. Almost every time she opens her mouth or signs some rankly discriminatory, racist pledge, she proves it.

She’s a slightly more coherent Sarah Palin, puffing her mere wisps of experience into qualifications to run the country. She mangles facts a lot, like when she tried to score brownie points in Iowa by confusing the late, revered actor John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.

This was a lose-lose for Newsweek. If they’d airbrushed Bachmann to be a perky cheerleader like Palin, the Tea Party would be screaming she’d been trivialized.

As usual, what the Tea Party fails to grasp is that when Newsweek called Bachmann “The Queen of Mean,” (which the TP is largely OK with), they needed a picture to match. 


15 Responses to Did Newsweek Trick Bachmann Into Looking Crazy?

  1. adele says:

    There’s something floating in cyberspace (sorry, when I looked for it, I couldn’t find it) putting Bachman’s eyes in other people’s faces. It’s pretty funny, but it ends with a cute little cat being given her eyes — now that’s going too far.

    Adele, it is interesting the the TP’ers don’t seem nearly as exorcised by “The Queen of Rage’ as they do by Bachman’s appearance. I know I’ve said this before, but NEVER in my most paranoid days in the ’60’s and ’70’s could I have imagined what this country would turn into.

  2. Imabear says:

    This woman is a lunatic. There was a story in the “Los Angeles Times” the other day talking about how she feels the Renaissance is when Western culture started going down hill. She wants to bring back the Dark Ages.

  3. Noel McWormald says:

    Even Jon Stewart thought they picked a specifically ugly picture… But then Rachel Maddow got to the point w/ Michele last night in a more important way… catching her asking for stimulus money, on her U.S. House of Reps stationery, for her district. Why? To CREATE JOBS, thousands of them, 16 separate times she asked… all while screaming to her constituents in bullhorns that the stimulus money is MORE BIG GOVERNMENT from Obama and we don’t need their stinkin’ money… 16 times! WHO CARES what picture they use. She probably didn’t know where the camera was. She rarely does. What’s important is she’s a dangerous woman (slightly smarter than Sarah Palin but just as intolerant). They should’ve put a skull and crossbones tattoo on her forehead. Now that’s photoshopping worth doing!

  4. catsworking says:

    Bachmann asks for stimulus money. Palin grabbed every handout she could get for Alaska. And then they go around screaming about the evils of government spending and see nothing hypocritical about it. A pair of empty-headed prom queens who make all women look bad.

    We saw Bachmann on the Today Show this morning, and she DOES look that crazy. Can’t tell if she’s wearing blue contacts, but even when she just wears a normal expression, you can often see the whites of her eyes ABOVE the iris.

    Now she’s trying to redefine the meaning of “submission” (to her husband) to mean merely “respect.” Nice try, dummy.

    We loved that Pawlenty let Bachmann have it in the Iowa debate last night for puffing up her nonexistent experience. Lester Holt on Today listed off a bunch of bills in Congress she was affiliated with that were duds and asked her if she’d ever actually accomplished anything. She didn’t have an answer. Her whole schtick is just, “I’m there to shake things up.”

  5. Zappa says:

    I don’t get it.Why is it thought that she looks crazy in this picture? This looks like her Junior League headshot.


  6. catsworking says:

    ZM, I thought the outrage was totally overblown. The only thing “off” about the picture is her rabid eyes, and Newsweek didn’t do that. I suspect the reason Bachmann didn’t cry Foul! was because SHE thought it was a good picture until the loonies started going off. Now she’s too ashamed to admit it.

    On the Today Show, she said she’s not making an issue of it because a photo is nothing compared to the stock market and all the killing in Afghanistan. Yeah, right, put yourself on the back burner for the good of the people.

    You’d never catch Palin doing any such thing. In fact, she’s chasing the other candidates’ dispersing crowds all over Iowa in her bus right now. Anything she can to detract from the GOP campaign and shift the attention to her empty-headed self.

  7. MorganLF says:

    We know you have a scrunchie “thing” so I imagine you consider that photo of Hillary sporting one the height of indignity. Can you imagine some women actually wear scrunchies and hoodies as dinner attire on purpose?

    On the topic, Bachman is nuts. So she and Palin and Christine O’Donnel are the face of the so called conservative Tea Baggers? Barry Goldwater is turning in his grave.

  8. MorganLF says:

    Oh and the correct term for her eyes are “wheelie eyes”. Like when you take your finger and draw a circle at your temple, making the “wheelie” sign to indicate someone is cuckoo or just plain nuts.

  9. Anne says:

    Government by Palin or Bachman is government by BIMBO! WHAT HAS HAPENED TO THE COUNTRY?

  10. catsworking says:

    And Bachmann just WON the straw poll in Iowa, redrawing the map of where the stupidest people in the country live.

    Personally, we have no scrunchie “thing.” Karen doesn’t happen to own any, and my fur is too short to hold one. But we think they’re one step above bow in the hair and look better on kids than on mature women. Think Bunny McDougall on Sex & the City.

  11. catsworking says:

    I was shocked, SHOCKED I say, when I read in today’s paper that Bachmann WON in Iowa. Then again, who gives a flying crap what the people of Iowa think, except sniveling politicians?

    Same goes for New Hampshire. Who made them the experts on picking a president?

    Instead of having all these bogus little contests to pump up the cred of people who don’t deserve it, why doesn’t everybody just shut up already and let them debate their guts out until the convention. All these trial runs are pointless except to give the talking heads something to spout off about and fill air time.

  12. Britta says:

    Okay, older post but had to comment. Don’t know how many folks recall the days of ” Max Headroom” on MTV but she reminds me of him. A big old “talking head.” Moreover, don’t know how many are fully aware of the environmental struggles the Everglades have had over the last century. Yes, although we have long set a goal (however weak) to restore the FL Everglades, someone from Montana is saying “let’s drill” in Florida. How audacious and environmentally arrogant. NIMBY Ms. Bachmann. While we presently have small scale drilling, what is the goal relative to restoration and how does this play into that objective in terms of wildlife, etc. Haven’t the Everglades been through enough? Thought the Army Corps had hashed out those concerns. Perhaps not. Yeah, Ms. Bachmann, let’s see how that works out. What a cretinous moron.

  13. catsworking says:

    Britta, it seems Rick Perry has eclipsed Bachmann pretty well. When it comes to religious extremism, he’s making her look like a Girl Scout. On the environment, she’s cut from the same cloth as Palin. Palin would like to see Alaska become one big oil slick, even if it kills every living thing in the state. Bachmann is obviously ready to sacrifice any state she can exploit.

    This morning we saw Jon Huntsman on the Today Show, and he was actually making some sense and not painting Obama as the anti-Christ. Unfortunately, because of that, he’s got about 1% support in the polls. It’s too bad the Repubs. have leaped so far into the deep end on social issues and corporate corruption that they can’t come up for air and give a moderate a chance.

  14. Anne says:

    Everytime Bachmann opens her mouth I can hear the
    squirrels running around in her head.She can’t hold a candle to Hillary. She should be confined to some nice quiet asylum with padding and sound deadening material on the walls and where she can rant day and night to the sun and the moon where no one will hear her insane pronouncements.

  15. catsworking says:

    Anne, The only thing that will be more fun than watching Bachmann shoot her mouth off in a vacuum will be if Sarah Palin decides to run (which she’ll only do after the hard campaigning in all these BS straw polls and caucuses and whatever is over and she didn’t risk tanking in any of them and proving just how little anybody wants her in government). Then we’ll have these 2 nitwits trying to outdo each other in stupid sound bites.

    I’m all for females breaking the glass ceiling, but ignorant, unqualified women like Bachmann and Palin make it seem like the ceiling should be reinforced with concrete.

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