“Queen Of Rage” Not All That Enraged About Newsweek Cover

This Newsweek cover featuring a something less-than-flattering picture of Rep. Michele Bachmann has raised quite a few eyebrows, and not just among conservatives. Even the National Organization for Women, a group that shares little in common with Bachmann politically, wasn’t happy with the cover or the headline “Queen of Rage” that was ran beneath the photo.

But you know who doesn’t seem all that perturbed by it? The supposed “queen of rage” herself. She was asked about it at a campaign event in Iowa and apparently hasn’t even seen the photo yet despite it being news on the internet for days now:

Not a lot of rage in that clip, is there?

I don’t really like comparing Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. It’s fashionable to lump them together just because they’re prominent conservative women, and that’s really sort of unfair to both of them. But if there’s one thing I do admire of Bachmann over Palin is her ability to shrug off blatantly biased and unfair media attacks like this one.

As unfair as the media has been to Palin – and “unfair” is truly inadequate for the way she’s been treated – there were times when Sarah almost seemed to revel in it. There’s little of that with Bachmann, who often laughs off the worst barbs aimed at her.

I’m reminded of how Bachmann responded to a somewhat sexist remark from the Pawlenty campaign on the Scott Hennen Show. A Pawlenty staffer had attributed, in a demeaning way, much of Bachmann’s popularity to her “sex appeal.” When asked about the comments, Bachmann said that as a 50-something mother having sex appeal “sounds pretty good.”

Comparing Republicans to Ronald Reagan has been so many times the comparisons are almost worthless, but it’s worth remembering that one of Regan’s most powerful political tools was his ability to defuse criticism and attacks with charm and humor. Bachmann, it seems, has that same ability.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Neiman

    Any time she is mentioned in the news, even if it is supposed to be negative – these idiot liberals do not realize it only raises her name identification in the country and draws more attention to her campaign/candidacy.

    Among those now running, she is the only one I would enthusiastically support. (1) Of course, because we share the same Christian family/moral values, which is always most important to me, (2) She is a genuine conservative and although she talks in extreme terms at times, I think she would govern less extremely than she talks. She would rise to the office.

    At 50 something and considering my age, she is a really good looking young lady.

    • Wayne

      I’d like to know what has been so ‘extreme’.

      • Neiman

        I’m sorry that is confidential, on a need to know basis only. But, thanks for asking.

        In campaign rhetoric they all deal in extreme language, like her saying she would stop Obamacare the first day. Nice idea, but the President does not have the power, nor are such things done in a day without planning, legislation, etc.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Shorter Port: Bachmann can diffuse a criticism, that must qualify her for president.

    This Newsweek cover featuring a something [sic] less-than-flattering picture of Rep. Michele Bachmann has raised quite a few eyebrows, and not just among conservatives.

    Oh, BatOne ought to have a lot of fun attributing your misuse of the English language to your ethnic background.  Wait, I forgot, you are white so he doesn’t really play that game.

    • Bat One

      I wouldn’t call a missing hyphen a “misuse of the English language.”  Heaven only knows the number of “typos” you’ve claimed as a crutch.  Never mind, the ones that have been deliberately ignored.

      Still, I am glad to see that you’ve started using brackets, the more traditionally correct application, to enclose your mis-used “sic“, as I have been suggesting for months.  Slowly, you are learning.  Now, if only we could get you to put such foreign words and phrases in italics.

    • robert108

      Do you mean “defuse”, little hanni?  “Diffuse” means something else.

  • SigFan

    Much as I like Sarah Palin and as much as her and Bachmann’s positions have in common, I have been impressed by how well Bachmann seems to let these specious and unfounded attacks on her just bounce off.  Whether she makes it to the brass ring or not, she’s showing a lot of toughness and class.  Both qualities sorely lacking in our so-called leadership these days.

  • 2hotel9

    Will someone explain what is wrong or bad about this cover? I just don’t see it.  As for “Queen of rage”, OK, she points out all of the Democrats who are screeching their rage and hatred for America and Americans. Where is the bad part?  I have yet to here her utter a single word that would qualify as angry.

    • Neiman

      They say something is in the eye of the beholder, well anger is that way, perhaps in the ear of the listener. What you consider straight talk, those holding the cards on the other side of the table might consider trash/angry talk.

      • robert108

        Coundn’t have said it better myself.

      • 2hotel9

        Oh, I get that. What I don’t get is why people are all upset about an “unflattering” pic on a leftist rag like newsweek. I mean come on! Does anyone, anyone at all, expect any better from them?

        We have a leftard at the bottom of this thread who has thrown a bunch of links which show Bachmann as the rational, reasonable adult in the room, and she screeches that it proves Bachmann is “the epitome of what the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent in this country”.  With mental retardation like that in the Democrat Party can you really expect them not to do the childish crap that they do in their media?  And Americans need to quit reacting to their sh*t, other than to laugh at them and spit on them.

  • mikemc1970

    This is the sort of character assassination they have been applying to Palin for years and NOW has never spoken out against it before. NOW must be starting to lose credibility with their less militant members as an actual organization started to help women. They have to keep up the charade, I suppose.

  • borborygmi

    any publicity that doesn’t show genitalia or you wearing a tiger suit is good publicity.  Keep the name out there…

  • http://www.hotsocialbuzz.com Hank

    Ain’t no such thing as bad publicity.

    • robert108

      Maybe for a show business personality, but not true for a Presidential candidate; that’s why the lefties are trying to smear her with lies.

  • sbark

    …Lets see Bachman for awhile after the Left goes after her immediate family with 100 lies and personnal attacks.   Granted Bachman doesnt have a infant son, or teenage daughters………but the attacks like than on Palins children would probably put most anyone over the top and become defensive……..

    Lets put obama children under a media heat lamp……..think that narsasictic messiah wouldnt then get even more defensive……….

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    Queen of Rage – What does that make Shrillary Clinton. 
    She is not going like be #2 to Bachman or Palin

  • daronlady620

    To characterize the vitriolic verbal vomit that spews form Bachmann as “charm and humor” is more than a stretch, to say nothing of the fact that her hate-filled rhetoric is peppered with lies.
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2011/jun/16/fact-checking-michele-bachmann/
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/sep/21/bachmann-and-truth-o-meter-collected-works/
    http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/04/01/will-face-the-nation-factcheck-guests-healthcare-lies/
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8185511/michele_bachmann_on_her_numerous_falsehoods.html?cat=39
    http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201101250021
    It’s frightening that anyone takes this woman seriously-she is the epitome of what the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent in this country. For someone who loves to invoke the Constitution Bachmann seems to have little respect for it. 

    • 2hotel9

      Wow, yet another leftard failure. Every thing you link shows Bachmann as the re4asonable, rational adult in the room. You America hating Democrat c*nts are flailing about like dying fish on hot pavement. Please, PLEASE keep it up. Show the world what a massive failure your leftist, anti-human ideology is.

    • sbark

      The Obama regime,  everybody inside it, and everyone that did vote for it, and is yet again willing to vote for it again…………..epitomizes everything our Founding Fathers warned us about, and tried to prevent with our Constitution……..

      problem is it started with FDR, accelerated with LBJ,  Grew with Carter,  rooted down with Clinton……and is now heading out to maturity with Obama…..

      • daronlady620

        No president showed more disdain for the Constitution than George W. Bush and his co-president Dick Cheney. They were precisely what the Founding Fathers warned us about. It has been extensively documented and since it was widely reported at the time you must have been living under a rock for eight years.
        http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/powersurge_healy_lynch.pdf
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/18/AR2007061801412.html
        http://www.amconmag.com/article/2003/dec/15/00012/
        http://www.republicansforhumility.com/divgov.html
        Bush and Cheney should have been impeached and imprisoned.
        It’s also a fact that Republicans since FDR have done more to grow the government- and the debt- than their opposition:
        http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=3750
        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24sun4.html?_r=1

        • sbark

          Repubs since FDR done more to grow the Govt?………

          Would not they have had to be in control of the House to do that?……..GOP didnt have control of the House of Reps (where all spending bills orginate) for 60 yrs up to Newt,   and then  Pelosi took it over in 2006……….

          It was the Left who promised spending cuts to Reagan several times, HWBush……in return for tax hikes………….guess what never happened,  and they’d have no intention of doing now…….

          I think you’d best of learn the system of govt we are under…………I realize you lefties want a “King” type figure, a messiah…………..and realish the despots that rule 80% of the world at any time

          …….and anything GW/Cheney did………Obaamaaaa has continued and embelished 10x the level he “inherited”………

          Liberalism is the problem………….the rest of the stuff is just day to day talking points to fill blogs, very few people are focusing on the real and simple problem…..the 17% of the USA population that are radical Liberals……..and in control of 2 branches of our Govt…….and hate our country.

  • groetzinger

    She was all for DEFAULT as was most that you follow

    • robert108

      Wrong.  There was no danger of default, as that was a lie from obama to hold our debt hostage to his class warfare politics.  Michelle is for fiscal responsibility.

  • http://www.themarketingsurvivalist.blogspot.com melissapaulik

    Bachmann is the definition of classy. I like Sarah too, but you’re right, she does seem to revel in stirring the pot at times. I like that about her, but it’s night and day from Bachmann and I think it’s one of the things that makes Bachmann the better Presidential candidate.

  • davidcristinn

    It is all political issue. Personally I do not like to comparing Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. I think its all are political moment. I see here Michele Bachmann video. 

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