Picture Perfect

From U.S. News & World Report:

Both the New Yorker and Newsweek featured profiles on Rep. Michele Bachmann recently.  As Robert Schlesinger points out on the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, the New Yorker profile connects Bachmann with some controversial views on American slavery (an issue that has caused problems for the Bachmann campaign before). The Newsweek profile isn’t exactly kind to the presidential candidate either. However, it is the cover of the magazine that is catching the most attention.

On it, the camera has captured Bachmann looking wide-eyed and surprised above the headline “Queen of Rage.”

I guess, Mr. DeMille, that Botox Batshit Bachmann wasn’t ready for her closeup.

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The image choice may be a nod to the infamous video of Bachmann’s response to the State of Union in which she did not make eye contact with the camera and was parodied on SNL. Back then, Bachmann appeared to be more of a fringe politician. Since announcing her candidacy for president, she has stepped onto the national center stage. The Des Moines Register reports her polling only a point behind former Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa, where the first major electoral event, the Iowa caucuses, takes place.


The Bachmann cover has yet again raised questions about bias in the media’s coverage of certain candidates (as former Gov. Sarah Palin calls it, “Lamestream Media”).

Botox Batshit Bachmann:

I am big. It’s the magazine that got small.

The rightwing crazies are going nuts, of course.  From the Los Angeles Times:

Is it fair to call Michele Bachmann the “Queen of Rage?” That’s what Newsweek has gone ahead and done on the cover of its most recent issue, a cover that has Bachmann’s conservative supporters, well, uh, raging.


Tea-party activist Dana Loesch, writing at Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Journalism” site, denounced the cover as chauvinistic. Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, addressing Newsweek editor Tina Brown, said, “You’ve resorted to recycling bottom-of-the-barrel moonbat photo cliches about conservative female public figures and their enraged ‘crazy eyes?’ Really?”

But even the National Organization for Women chimed in:

“It’s sexist,” NOW president Terry O’Neill told conservative news site the Daily Caller. “Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage,’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man?  Has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”

(Someone who comes to mind as a past candidate for similar treatment: Democrat Howard Dean, who appeared on Newsweek’s Jan. 12, 2004, cover. The headline was the gender-neutral — and exceedingly dull — “Doubts About Dean”; although, in all fairness, the cover also promoted a story on “mad cow” disease.)


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26 responses to “Picture Perfect

  1. Is she trying to hide her double chin? It’s not working.

  2. johncerickson

    Alrighty, one more time……
    I find it hard to believe this is the worst that’s ever been said about her in a public forum. Not to sound sexist, but if she wants to play in the Big Leagues, she and her crew are gonna have to learn to take a LOT worse than this. And with the angry level of rhetoric coming from the right, is “Queen of Rage” REALLY that far off?
    Now, back to enjoying Olivia Newton-John in “Xanadu”. Well, her and Gene Kelly….

    • it’s just the expected rethuglican victim card. i expect that from the rethugs and their harridans (yeah, i said harridans, call me sexist, i don’t care), but i’m a little surprised at NOW. i don’t understand how this is sexist. what should they have called her? the prince of poop? the king of kaka? the duke of douchebags? as for the picture, like my mother used to say, you get out what you put in. it’s not like they photoshopped the pic to make her looks nuts. she already did.

  3. elizabeth3hersh

    Not sure this is what you intended but those oversized bat earrings and enamel teapot accouterments are starting to grow on me. Throw in an Alexander McQueen ‘bat bag’ (they’re actually manta rays, but I call them bat bags) and I have a Bachmann inspired couture line! Hehe.

    • elizaeth,

      one of these days, i’m either going to open up a rethuglican accessory store, or i’m going into business making either colorforms or mr. potatohead-type toys using rethugs and all the accessories i’ve made for them. you have to admit botox batshit bachmann being mrs. potatohead is not much of a stretch. 😉

  4. Snoring Dog Studio

    Oh, yeah, Howard Dean was mercilessly tortured over his scream. As far as Bachmann, it’s just so darn impossible to find a photo of her where she looks sane.

    • ‘zactly, sds. she’s so botoxed, and she puts her makeup on with a trowel lately, and she just looks unnatural. on top of that, the camera doesn’t lie, and the crazy oozes through.

  5. She serves up the crazy & so is her picture. Pfffffffffffft

    I am watching the WI election results….


    Damn it 3 repugs of the 6 recall elections have won & 1 dem is declared a winner.

    I really wanted them kicked to the curb, so WI could let these tea party a-holes know they won’t be tolerated.

    • i keep clicking over to see the wisconsin results, and my stomach hurts more and more as the hours go by. why did i quit smoking?

      • 2 dems are declared winners & another is slightly ahead, but super tight
        51-49% with 68% reporting.
        Wow! That is a squeaker– but at least if they oust 1/2 of them, that would be a good.
        I was hoping all of the R’s would get the boot.

        • randy bedhopper is gone!!! 😀 kapanke is a has-been!!! 😀 i am hoping like hell that alberta darling is a goner! keep in mind that these were all comfortable rethuglican districts tailor-made to make sure rethugs win in them, so any win for dems is pretty damned good.

  6. maggiejean

    That’s the picture Newsweek should have used. Good job nonnie.

  7. Oh no’s! Looks like that last race just flipped towards the R.

    • it ain’t over until it’s over. i suspect that that race is going to wind up in court. it’s the same bimbo county clerk that suddenly found all those votes for asswipe judge presser the last time around. i hope this is enough for the damned justice department to investigate that county clerk’s office. it’s very odd that a rethuglican operative, which is what she is, is the sudden savior twice. shades of katherine harris.

      • sudden savior twice this year alone. She’s been doing screwy things with the votes in her county for years. The worst part is that she ran unopposed, twice! I just sent an email to the Democratic County Chair urging him to find someone to run against her next year. I told him that if I lived in his county, I’d run!

  8. No, Miss Desmond, you are not ready for your close-up.

    If the real Mrs. Bachmann showed up on the real Sunset Boulevard, the gays would pray her away!

  9. I just don’t see the big deal with the photo, Should the self serving bunch at Newsweek run a cover like the one a month ago where the bearwoman thrusts her bazooms into the lens and write a really lame storyline to go with it? Make her look un-natural?—that womans got a screw loose.

    • i don’t see a big deal either. i was surprised that jon stewart took tina brown to task last night on the daily show. i can understand people bitching that the photo didn’t match the headline. she looked crazy, not like the queen of rage. however, i don’t understand the charges of sexism at all.

  10. This is so good, makes me hope she sticks around for a bit … oh crap … a catch 22.

    • it’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t kind of thing. i wonder how much we’ll see her after she’s out of the race since she’s not running for her congressional seat again. i don’t see faux news running after her with a contract to sign, especially since the tea party has been seriously on the wane.