Bachmann lands on the cover of Newsweek


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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Derek Wain on 08/08/2011 - 09:58 am.

    The overweening contempt for ordinary American voters dripping from the Team Obama media whores at Newsweek is so obvious in their grotesque smears of Congresswoman Bachmann: “The elderly, the unemployed, the exasperated, and even a few disillusioned Democrats crowd her rallies and cheer her not-going-to-take-it-anymore shtick, even as they recognize some of its inherent contradictions.” Into Newsweek’s Demented Left echo chamber, no light from the real American political world of fly-over country penetrates. This is the Newsweek that stated in 1980 that “Fringe candidate Ronald Reagan has no chance of getting a elected.” This is the Newsweek that has lost 56% of its circulation over the last 10 years.
    “Bachmann planned to vote against the debt-ceiling compromise that would ensure the arrival of her Social Security check and the military benefits owed to her sons and nephews.”
    This last statement is an outright fabrication by Newsweek. The Wall St. Journal proved that Social Security payments of $50 billion/month could have been paid 100% out of the SS Trust fund with no net cash drawdown from the Treasury.

  2. Submitted by Sue Halligan on 08/08/2011 - 05:38 pm.

    Love that the photo shows her with that deer-caught-in-the-headlights look on her face. So appropriate.

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