Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been a remarkable candidate seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president. She sputters nonsense, half-truths and outright distortions of history most of the time. Yet, ever since she stood on the stage for that CNN debate in New Hampshire in June, Bachmann has shown herself to be a focused, disciplined and hungry campaigner. Mad props to Ed Rollins, Bachmann’s seasoned adviser, for whipping her into shape. But there’s one major area where she desperately needs work.
Where on earth is she looking this time? Rollins has the candidate under control. He now has to get this aspect of her image under control. It’s as if someone is dangling a treat (or maybe it’s a line of Scripture) to get her to look at the camera the way a photographer tries to get a kid to focus on class picture day. The Newsweek piece by Lois Romano delves into Bachmann’s status as queen of the Tea Party movement and how her history contradicts many of her policy ideas. There’s no denying that Bachmann firmly believes what she believes. Some might think she’s crazy because of it. Cover photos like this one help to cement that image.