Why hate her because she’s beautiful, when there are so many other reasons to hate her? Before you attack a candidate for her appearance, parenting choices, or emotional state, take a minute to consider all of the valid, legitimate, non-sexist reasons to criticize. Such as:
Candidate: Michele Bachmann
Standard go-to criticism: Crazy, and a fox
The valid alternative: Christian wifely submission
The headline: Love, Honor, and Obey: Who would run a Bachmann White House?
The cover story: Conservative Christian Bachmann has openly stated her belief that a wife should submit to her husband. She’s said that she submits to the will of her husband Marcus and even studied tax law, despite hating it, because he told her to and she “was going to be faithful to what [she] felt God was calling [her] to do through her husband.” We speculate on the potential impact of Michele Bachmann’s gender-theology politics, both on the nation as a whole and on the women she will govern. Can a president lead effectively without the power to make his or her own decisions? Does a person understand personal accountability who credits career and life decisions to orders from God? Could a president whose dominionist leanings led her to an early career of Christian indoctrination and obedience possibly serve without trying to impose biblical governance on the country?
The sidebar: Michelle Bachmann’s Christian history on abortion, gay rights, and childhood indoctrination
The valid alternative: Willful (or unwitting) ignorance
The headline: Fear Factor: Michele Bachmann has become known for her public gaffes–but does she know something we don’t?
The cover story: If her public statements are to be believed, Bachmann believes that the end times are nigh, Obama’s push to expand a public service act amounts to government re-education camps, the census is dangerous and the government shouldn’t be trusted, and the government is coming after your incandescent lightbulbs and your folding money. She is “a foreign correspondent on enemy lines.” She’s just… wrong. A lot. We look at some of her more bizarre assertions. Is she merely inflammatory, trying to whip voters into paranoia and positioning herself as their true hope against an encroaching government? Or does she sincerely not get it? And if it’s the latter, does she reject the facts or is she insulated from them? And most important, is it working? Will enough voters be swayed by it to earn her the White House in 2012?
The cover photo (IANAAD): Something like this one, with less squinting; this one, but maybe with some ominous storm clouds in the background; this one or a better shot of this one; or this one, with equal intensity, but without catching her in the middle of a word
The sidebar: Michele Bachmann’s McCarthy-esque quest agains anti-Americanism
The valid alternative: Hypocrisy
The headline: The Two Bachmanns: Michele Bachmann talks a good game. But how much do the Tea Partiers really know about their chosen voice?
The story: Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann publicly supports fiscal conservatism and speaks out strongly against entitlement programs and what she perceives to be the misuse of tax dollars. But she and her husband have personally benefited from federally backed home loans and health care spending. She has spoken out against the federal stimulus package and against government spending while covertly asking for her share. As she denounces the IRS, she’s forced to downplay the fact that she worked for them. She calls for small government–and denounced the census as too intrusive–but voted to extend the PATRIOT Act. As Bachmann rises to the top of the GOP race, do her Tea Party supporters not know about her past, or do they not care?
The sidebar: GOP front-runner Mitt Romney vs. the Tea Party