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When Lizz met Michele: The Winstead-Bachmann show at the fair

Courtesy of Lizz Winstead
Winstead on meeting Bachmann at the Minnesota State Fair: "When someone is in that hyper, almost wedding-reception-line mode, I'm not going to be the turd in the punch bowl that you can then turn it on me for confronting Michele Bachmann."

Breaking news: Truce declared in culture wars as infamous comedienne-slash-political heretic Lizz Winstead meets arch-nemesis Michele Bachmann at the Minnesota State Fair,  and civil (non-) discourse erupts.

It’s true. Winstead, who has gone on record numerous times to challenge Bachmann (including Bachmann’s performance at the 2011 Republican presidential debate; a memorable skewering on “The Ed Show;”  and a biographical primer cooked up by Winstead and her Shoot The Messenger crew for the 2008 election) met the U.S. congresswoman in the flesh for the first time Saturday afternoon at the fair.

“I’m walking around the fair with friends by the area where all the radio stations are, and I see Michele Bachmann in that conservative gazebo they broadcast from,” said Winstead, whose other fair stops included lending support to the Vote No booth and taking in the Minnesota music gig at the grandstand.

“I walked up at the tail end of the interview [on the Fox News radio station, formerly KFAN]. I’d never seen her in person. I was stunned. She’s a tiny woman, and she has big giant eyelashes like a deer and big giant eyes. She starts coming to the front of the booth and is talking to people, ‘Hi, how are you? Hi, how are you?’ and having pictures taken.

“She’s a firebrand, so I assume she’d have security, but she had no handlers or campaign person or staffers. I was holding up my camera to take a picture and she said, ‘Come and be in the picture with me! Want to be in the picture with me?’ I was like, ‘Uh, OK.’”

As her friend Cindy Blum popped off three historic photos of the politician and one of her most vocal opponents, Winstead held her tongue.

“I was sort of gobsmacked by the whole thing, because there was no time to say anything, and she was surrounded by like-minded people, and it would’ve been too weird to confront her,” said Winstead. “When someone is in that hyper, almost wedding-reception-line mode, I’m not going to be the turd in the punch bowl that you can then turn it on me for confronting Michele Bachmann.

“It felt very celebrity and very empty. No connection. It felt very insincere, like it didn’t matter at all to her. But the picture itself is really funny. My ear is sort of next to her mouth, and I want to do one of those meme captions: ‘Michele Bachmann. You can hear the ocean.’”

That’s a joke, but Bachmann’s six-year run in the 6th District isn’t funny to Winstead, who has been lampooning the Tea Party queen since Bachmann was caught spying on the enemy from behind a hedge at a gay rights rally in 2005.

“We have to stop calling people like this ‘crazy,’ because ‘crazy’ is normal,” she said. “We have to start saying, ‘Third-term congressperson Michele Bachmann. Six-term congressman Todd Akin. Everyone you think is a dangerous nutbag, you should say how many times they’ve been elected and what their job is, so we remember that they’re being legitimized every time they’re elected.”

For a dose of levity, Winstead returned to the fair Sunday, where she visited the booth of Jim Graves, Bachmann’s main opponent in the 6th District.

“He told me that he and Michele Bachmann are neck-and-neck in the polls, and he’s fundraising up a storm. He said it’s real; it’s on.”

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/04/2012 - 12:03 pm.

    Imagine our surprise.

    So our brave leftist heroine forgoes the opportunity to confront the object of her obsession in favor of the comfort of the obsequious audience of the Minnpost echo chamber.

    Perhaps is Ms. Winstead actually had given her tirades a bit of forethought, she would have the wherewithal to bring a cogent discussion to the fore…thank-you very much; I’ll be here all week!

  2. Submitted by John Edwards on 09/04/2012 - 02:54 pm.

    Interesting definition of civility

    “Everyone you think is a dangerous nutbag, you should say how many times they’ve been elected and what their job is, so we remember that they’re being legitimized every time they’re elected.”
    –Lizz Winstead

    “Dangerous nutbags.” Apparently this, and similar crass language, passes for civility at the elegant wedding receptions and far left-wing talk shows to which Ms. Winstead is invited. In this case, Mr. Cage clearly has confused civility with spinelessness as Mr. Swift so accurately points out.

  3. Submitted by Lyn Crosby on 09/04/2012 - 03:06 pm.

    It’s called civility

    …and leave it to another conservative to criticize whatever is done! Don’tcha know (that’s Minnesotan…) that if there had been discussion, that would have been criticized too…

  4. Submitted by Bruce Pomerantz on 09/04/2012 - 09:35 pm.

    It seems most likely. . . . .

    . . . that Congresswoman Bachmann had no idea whom the woman she cajoled to come up for a joint picture was Lizz Winsted. It’s also likely that if she knew who Winsted is that she might not know what she looks like. It seems to me that Bachmann was in full candidate mode getting her picture taken with (assumed) supporters. Mr. Walsh neither reports that Bachmann addressed Winsted by name nor report that Winsted identified herself but simply went along with the photo opportunity like any supporter would do.

  5. Submitted by David LaPorte on 09/05/2012 - 08:36 am.

    It would have been called an ambush

    The conservatives start with a simple premise: anyone who disagrees with them is evil. And then they build their stories around that and claim that it’s proof.

    Bachmann had no idea that the woman who was taking her picture was her arch critic Winstead. She had no chance to prepare for a confrontation. It would have been unfair of Winstead to catch Bachmann off guard and ruin her Fair appearance. And so she kept quiet.

    If Bachmann really wants to have a frank, public discussion with Winstead, I’m sure that Winstead would oblige. But that’s the last thing that Bachmann wants.

    So now the conservatives are accusing Winstead of cowardice because, well, she’s evil and this proves it. Circular logic is very convenient.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/05/2012 - 09:00 pm.

      “anyone who disagrees with them is evil”

      Actually, it’s been well established that the left sees us as evil. We see them as stupid.

  6. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/05/2012 - 09:07 am.

    Using public appearances to question a candidate

    …is not, by definition an ambush.

    I confronted Al Franken at the fair with a request that he explain his decision to join in the looting of a children’s charity during his tenure with Air America. While it was certainly an uncomfortable few minutes for him, the encounter could in no way be called an ambush and many people stopped me afterwards to thank me for bringing the subject up.

    The problem leftists confront is an inability to cogently articulate themselves often leads to frustrated display’s of childish screaming, name-calling, chanting inane slogans, or worse, throwing things at candidates.

    As I said, taking the time to collect a thoughtfully direct dialogue is perfectly acceptable.

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