Flake Eerie

From Slate (6-27-2011):

During his interview of Michele Bachmann last night, Chris Wallace pointedly asked the presidential hopeful, “Are you a flake?” Bachmann was visibly offended. “I think that would be insulting to say something like that,” she shot back , “because I’m a serious person.” Shortly after the interview, the Fox News Sunday Facebook page was flooded with accusations of sexism on Wallace’s part. Politico and the Washington Post speculated today that the interview might enhance Bachmann’s appeal among female voters who’ll now take a sympathetic posture towards her.

In response to the growing chorus of criticism, Wallace issued a video apology this afternoon. “I messed up,” he said, “I didn’t mean any disrespect.”

kelloggscornflakesbachmann-1Original ad

(Yes, Mr. DeMille, she’s ready for her close-up.)

[T]his isn’t the first time the Fox reporter has used the term to describe her. In fact, Wallace also told Bachmann in an interview this April that she had a reputation for saying “some-forgive me-flaky things.” Wallace has plenty of material to work with. In the April interview, he confronted Bachmann with footage of two of her more outrageous assertions: that the Revolutionary War began in New Hampshire , and that the federal government presently owns 51 percent of the private economy. Last night, he pointed out that she’d alleged NATO airstrikes had killed 30,000 civilians and also accused members of Congress of being anti-American. As those (and many , many other ) statements illustrate, Bachmann is a flawed candidate, and it is well within the media’s rights to point that out.


(This one’s for new Raisinette, Dave in Austin, who requested the poster agent9999hattip)

As with much questionable language usage, Wallace’s tone was crucial: His use of the word last night was inextricable from his belittling attitude toward Bachmann. In the April interview, Wallace began his conversation with the representative by noting that it “may surprise some people” to learn that she is a tax attorney. As others have pointed out , his tone last night was similarly more like a doubtful high school counselor than a journalist conducting an interview with a public figure. (“Do you recognize,” he asked her, “that now that you are in the spotlight in a way that you weren’t before that you have to be careful and not say what some regard as flaky things?”)

The article points out that the word “flaky” is usually invoked when attacking a female rather than a male, even though the word has never been gender-specific.  I know I’ve called plenty of men politicians flaky, so I don’t feel any guilt.  If the word fits, use it.  Botox Batshit Bachmann is a flake.  Just one more thing, just because someone called her a flake, she is not a victim.  I’m sick and tired of any criticism launched at Rethuglicans resulting in their cries of victimhood.  Just wanted to get that off my chest.


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40 responses to “Flake Eerie

  1. Great ads! And she’s a huge ol’ flake! Omg, she needs to stop talking if she wants to last even a little longer. And I chuckled hearing Wallace had asked that. Just asking would make the flakiness float to the surface. I guess she’s heard it before (all the time!) or she wouldn’t have been so offended.

    • thanks m’liss. i wasn’t going to photoshop today, because my back is killing me, but i didn’t want to go with just the second poster, because i could no longer judge if it was good, bad, or indifferent. i had no idea how to make it, so i found a video online, and i followed all the steps. it looked like shit, so i started over and fudged some of the settings. anyway, i managed to go to the little store down the street for a few things, and when i got home, i decided i wanted a different poster above the fold in case the second one really does look like shit. so, i found the old ad, and i thought bbb would look perfect in it.

      • Friend of the court

        I Like them both. wish i had some 3-D glasses to look at the second. or maybe, that wouldn’t be the best idea. if the batshit flew off the screen it might get all over my keyboard. 🙂

        • thanks fotc! 🙂

          if i ever attempt that again, i hope i remember the things that i would change while making another one. in the meantime, perhaps i will invest in some plastic sheeting for keyboards that’s batshit resistant. we don’t want things to get messy.

  2. johncerickson

    Hey, not to defend ol’ BBB, but this is the same guy who’s been taking shots at Jon Stewart since Jon appeared on his show Sunday morning, because he thinks Stewart is liberally biased. He also put forth that the rest of the media is also liberally biased, and that Fox News “tells the other side of the story”, without admitting any bias. It’s been a fun week – Stewart has been kicking Wallace, and Fox in general, pretty much every night of the week.
    By the by, Nonnie, your “admirer” calling you sexist is off base. Her case is that the media has been pointing out BBB and Palin gaffes, but not those of men. YOU have been pointing out EVERYONE’s gaffes, regardless of gender. Therefore, you are “fair and balanced”, not sexist, 😀

    • Is that the strategy? Prop up the stupidest Republican women sucking wind so you can accuse people of sexism? Kay Bailey Hutchinson is wrong, but she’s not a moron like Palin and Bachmann.

      • johncerickson

        Oh, but BBB is intelligent because she graduated from a big name college; she’s a moral compass because she raised 5 kids and fostered 23 (I’ll have to ask my wife how many her mum fostered, but I believe it far surpasses 23, with a number being “special needs” babies); and everybody who attacks her is sexist because they’ve never gone after Biden-esque flubs with such vigour.
        Hey, don’t ask me, that’s the “expert” opinion of Nonnie’s admirer. Me, I gotta go wash my hands from typing all that BS! 😀

      • the strategery is to look for every slight (and if there isn’t one, invent one) and then scream about what a victim you are. they perfected this with princess sarah. every time she said something stupid (which was every time she opened her mouth), the rethugs screamed about gotcha journalism and sexism.

    • what gets me is that all the rethugs constantly refer to the democrat party. they don’t have enough respect to use an actual adjective, so, if they’re insulted by something said about them, they can kiss my ass.

      i don’t care if the troll wants to call me sexist. it rolls right off my back. if i had any respect for her, then i might be offended or even contrite, but i don’t, so i’m not.

  3. 😆 I’m imagining David Frum’s grimaces having to listen to her. 😆

  4. I distinctly remember Bill O’Reilly calling Howard Dean a “flake”, so there ya go…

    • hello auto 5,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      excellent point. when is bill0 going to apologize to howard dean. for that matter, when is botox batshit bachmann going to apologize to other members of congress for calling them unamerican? and how about her apologizing for calling the obama administration a gangster government? she lives by the i’m rubber, you’re glue. anything you say bounces off me and sticks to you creed.

      hope you’ll stop by again soon, auto 5. 🙂

  5. johncerickson

    By the by, Nonnie, I do love the second, “Hope”-style poster. Good stuff!
    And don’t worry about the cupcake, I’m sure she’s spinning this into some grave assault on human decency by us evil lefties.
    See, there’s another reason to come to your side of the force, Nonnie. I like women who, when the wind blows, don’t have heads that whistle like calliopes. When Palin and BBB stand side-by-side, it sounds like Ringling Brothers are in town! 😀

    • johncerickson

      Where’s the original ad from? It looks vaguely 1940s-ish. Might be some cool stuff for a WW2 hack like myself!

    • i’m glad you like it, john. i hope don from austin stops by, since he’s the one who asked for it.

      i pride myself on sounding like wind chimes, especially on windy days. 😉

  6. I’m going to post this to the One Million Strong Against Michele Bachmann in 2012 page on Facebook. They’ll love it.

    BTW, if you haven’t subscribed to Bill Prendergast on the Big Orange, please so so. He’s obsessed with Madame Representative. His readers would probably love to see your work in the comments.

    • thank you, neon vincent. you’re so good to me. 😀

      you know, i always read bill prendergasts’s diaries about bbb, but for some reason, i never subscribed to him. it only makes sense to do so, so i just did so. thanks for a shove in the right direction.

  7. jeb

    Oh she’s definitely a flake. On some days she’s a corn flake, others a dandruff flake and on her good days she’s a frosted flake. Heck, in her all white American Minnesota world, she might even be a snow flake but a flake she is and the only surprising thing is that Fux Noise actually got one thing right.

    • instead of glitter, someone should throw some head & shoulders at her to see if it makes her disappear.

      i wonder who it was who told chris wallace to ask that question that way. you know that nothing is spontaneous. someone over at faux doesn’t want bbb to get the nomination. wallace only had to apologize, because they got so much backlash.

  8. Way to go blowing off the troll & doing another post on the Flake.
    Not only are you not sexist, but you are exercising your right to free speech.

    I’m lovin’ it.

  9. Very nice art work! Did you do them yourself? Very Creative!

    There is nothing sexist with what Wallace said, not only is Bachmann a flake, but she is an inept leader and is completely stupid. Literally. Bachmann hates gays, reproductive freedom and accurate historical facts.

    On second thought, maybe she would make a good president? Hmmm….

  10. For a campaign song BB should use the promotional song that originally appeared on the back of a box of Kelloggs Corn Flakes as a cut out record back in 64-65 by Gary Lewis and the Playboys: “Do The Flake” (can be found now on 20 greatest CD). I certainly think the mud wrestling fund raisers with Bearwoman will have goper men rising across the nation. Four BB post in a row! The troll will be cross now.

    • bbb needs a theme song that reflects her seriousness and gravitas. i think i’ve found the perfect one:

      bananas go really well with corn flakes! 😀

      • That is just too cute…and it fulfils prophecy! ….Electrical banana, going to be a sudden craze….electrical banana, going to be the very next phase….

      • johncerickson

        I don’t know, I think it’s wrong to smear bananas by associating them with such a huge flake.

  11. Dave in Austin

    Thanks Nonnie

    Totally awesome and will be flying off to my Statesman blog.
    I wonder what today’s gaff will be. Seems to be one from this uninformed bimbo on a daily basis.

    Thanks Again!!.

  12. you know…. you should quit picking on Michele…. July is ‘Be Kind to Vegetables” month…. and that includes pea brains.

    • awww, geez! i didn’t pick on her last month, because it was pasta month, and i didn’t want to pick on a noodlehead.

    • “Call any vegetable…call one today… Call any vegetable…when you get off the train…. Call any vegetable…and the chances are good….that the vegetable will respond to you!” F. Zappa

  13. Michiel Archangel

    This writer should refrain from venting his spleen anywhere but his accustomed outhouse wall.