On the week of the critical Ames Straw Poll, Michele Bachmann has landed on the cover of Newsweek, which deemed her “The Queen of Rage.”
Bachmann protests in the piece to appealing to angry voters, contending instead that “people are saying the country is not working.”
But as Bachmann’s campaign, and the Tea Party movement in general, tries to tap into that sentiment, the article questions whether their policies can appeal to the country as a whole:
Bachmann and the Tea Party go much further, insisting that the federal government actually shrink over time, spending less money from year to year as its commitments grow.
That means, of course, that its commitments would have to shrivel as well. In the Tea Party’s ideal vision of America, large federal agencies and federal programs would be dismantled and the savings redirected to states with block grants and individuals through lower taxes. Whether that would leave people at the mercy of the freewheeling (and often treacherous) marketplace remains an open and untested question.
Asked if her positions are extreme, Bachmann replies that the Tea Party’s ideals are simply the most rational solutions to a broken and profligate government, and that the only option is to stand tough. “I do not twist in the wind,” she says proudly.
Bachmann also gets the New Yorker treatment this week, with a 9,000-word profile of the 6th District Congresswoman under the headline, “The Transformation of Michele Bachmann: The making of a Republican frontrunner.” The story is currently the second most popular on the New Yorker’s website, behind the magazine’s superb narrative of the Osama bin Laden mission.Devin Henry can be reached at email@example.com