There are several sub-themes to the growing Newsweek/Bachmann controversy that bear exploring.
I’m speaking of the now-famous cover photo that portrays presidential candidate Michele Bachmann looking…well…fervent. Her supporters are claiming that the Newsweek editors are subtly trying to sabotage Ms. Bachmann’s campaign with the general public by portraying her as unhinged.
In addition, the National Organization for Women has rushed to her defense saying the photo is “sexist.” Evidently, sexism trumps Roe v. Wade in the pantheon of NOW priorities. It’s hard to see, however, how the photo is sexist. You want a sexist photo? Look at the cheesecake number Newsweek did a few months ago of Sarah Palin in hot pants.
The fact is that this is the way Michele Bachmann looks. To say she looks crazy is not an insult to women, but an insult to her, personally. And the only reason her defenders are so touchy about her looking a little “off” is that she already has a reputation for vocalizing whatever batty notion is bouncing around her mind. Far from choosing the worst photo they could find, the Newsweek staff may well have chosen the best. After all, they’re trying to sell magazines.
I’m partial to this last scenario, because if the so-called “left-wing mainstream media” really wanted to undermine the conservative cause, they would have touched up the photo to make Ms. Bachmann look as sane as possible in hopes it would help her win the Republican nomination.
We know the White House, as well as card-carrying members of the liberal conspiracy everywhere, are praying for such an eventuality. Why would they want to knock her off so soon when she still has a chance to kick Mitt Romney, the true moderate threat, off his pedestal?
Liberals may be subversive, anti-American weasels, but they’re not stupid.