If Rick Santorum had not thrown his hat into the ring, Michele Bachmann would be my least favorite of the current crop of GOP presidential aspirants. Now, to be sure, I appreciate her charisma and her ability to make a compelling case for conservative principles, but remain concerned about her paucity of legislative accomplishment and lack of executive experience. Not to mention her attitude toward gays.
That said, it’s one thing to criticize her on her deficiencies and policies. It’s quite another to recast her as something she is not. And the MSM have gone so far overboard in attacking this woman such that whenever I, who would rather she had not entered the presidential contest, blog about her, I find myself defending her against mean-spirited attacks from our friends in the mainstream media.
Their latest broadside is the Newsweek cover (mentioned in my post earlier today) where its editors dub her “The Queen of Rage.” Michelle Malkin does a great job of showing how our supposedly non-partisan purveyors of news distort images to demonize conservative women while, over at Powerline, John Hinderaker shows that, well, they just got the storyline wrong:
If you are acquainted with Michele, you know that “rage” is about the last word that should be associated with her. She is a happy, energetic, positive person. She lights up a room when she enters it, which you don’t accomplish by being enraged. And if she is the queen of rage, why is she pretty much always smiling?
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Barack Obama was at least as critical of the George W. Bush administration as Bachmann has been of the Obama administration. Did Newsweek (or anyone else) ever label Obama the king of rage? Of course not. He was the candidate of hope. It all depends, you see, on whose ox is being gored.
There is, actually, one genuine association between Michele Bachmann and rage: she stimulates, for reasons best left to mental health professionals, rage among liberals.
Well, the notion of an angry Michele Bachmann does fit very nicely with the media narrative of unhinged right-wingers.