Continuing its streak of of (some might say pointlessly) controversial covers, Newsweek's new issue features a googly-eyed Michele Bachmann on the cover accompanied by the headline "The Queen of Rage." Predictably, supporters of Bachmann are up in arms about the cover, and less predictably, some feminists are, too.
One Tea Party activist dubbed it "chauvinistic" and Michelle Malkin said of Newsweek editor Tina Brown, "You’ve resorted to recycling bottom-of-the-barrel "moonbat photo cliches about conservative female public figures and their enraged 'crazy eyes?' Really?" Even the president of the National Organization for Women called it "sexist," noting, "Surely this has never been done to a man.”
The Los Angeles Times correctly points out that Howard Dean — a man — actually did come under similar fire.
Either way, it's tricky territory: sure, it's a cheap and easy shot to make fun of a woman for something like "crazy eyes," and I'd be the first to say that female politicians face absurd scrutiny when it comes to appearance. But given that Bachmann's built almost her entire political career off of a hate-based platform, is it really that out of line to call her out for her "rage?" Isn't that just appropriate commentary?