Yes, the cover was delightful. Unfortunately the story inside didn’t live up to it.
What with the Iowa caucus only days away one would have hoped for something more than aglorief press release. But that’s what Tina Brown wanted.
“For now, Bachmann revels in the Iowa crowds, which don’t fuss about the missing fine print behind her ideas, the perceived contradictions among them, or their radicalism.”
Yes, that’s it. Nothing of soubstance about her backgorund, her history or The Big Pink Elephant in the Bedroom that this blog among scores of others, has been writing about for some time.
Clearly in the world of the “Mainstream” there’s a price to be paid for telling the truth. Meghan Daum spank!
Meanwhile over at The New Yorker a Michelle profile by Ryan Lizza is somewhat better.
“Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians. Her campaign is going to be a conversation about a set of beliefs more extreme than those of any American politician of her stature, including Sarah Palin, to whom she is inevitably compared. Bachmann said in 2004 that being gay is “personal enslavement,” and that, if same-sex marriage were legalized, “little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and that perhaps they should try it.” Speaking about gay-rights activists, that same year, she said, “It is our children that is the prize for this community.”
“Marcus, who is not a small man, stood in the aisle, his white shirt untucked, and mouthed his wife’s words as he watched. When she arrived at her big applause line—“Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama will be a one . . . term . . . President!”—Marcus recited it out loud and raised his fist. “That’s powerful, that’s good, that’s excellent!” he said. “Yes, yes, yes!”
“That line, it’s become your signature,” O’Donnell said to Bachmann.
Oh we all know how this works.
“It tested the best on Ed’s dial testing,” another aide said, referring to measurements that her pollster, Ed Goeas, had made of the enthusiasm for particular Bachmann phrases.
A little later, Bachmann read some coverage of herself on the Web site of the New York Times. She was pleasantly surprised. “Maybe it’s because he was so mean last time and he feels like he needs to do better,” she speculated about the author. She took out a white iPhone and, reclining in her seat, played Wallace’s video apology on the phone. “It was pretty weak, I gotta say,” she announced.
Marcus Bachmann plopped down on the seat next to me, in the back of the plane. He pointed at my laptop and asked if he could take a look. “All I want to know is what they’re saying about me,” he said. “Newsweek came up with the word ‘silver fox.’ Tell me what ‘silver fox’ means.”
“Do you want me to tell you honestly?” I asked.
“Oh, don’t tell me it’s something gay!” he said. “Because I’ve been called that before.”
Do Tell Michelle!
Marcus is a psychologist who runs a clinic that employs people Michele described in 2006 as “Biblical world-view counsellors,” who “reach out and try to bring the medicine of the Gospel to come and heal people.”
IT’S AN “EX-GAY” CLINIC, RYAN!!!HAVEN’T YOU SEEN THE VIDEO????
“I explained that “silver fox” probably had more to do with the color of his hair.
“O.K., I can handle that,” he said. Tera, the assistant, assured him that it was a positive term.
“It’s better than Porky Pig,” Marcus said, with a laugh.”
It’s often used in reference to another gay man you may have heard of.
“Marcus announced that he would now analyze everyone around him. He asked for three characteristics that a close friend might use to describe me. I demurred. He kept pushing: “So reporters are not that vulnerable?” “Maybe it’s a man thing.”
I tried to change the subject by asking him about the similarities between psychologists and journalists. But he would have none of it. “You are still asking questions about me!” he exclaimed. “That’s a trademark. Ai-yi-yi!”
I gave in and told him a story about one of my young sons. Marcus delivered his psychological verdict: “He takes after his dad: smart, perceptive—has a little control need at an early age.”
Marcus moved on: “O.K., earliest childhood memories. Not the safe one, just the first one.”
Suddenly, his face appeared on Fox. “Look, you’re on TV,” I said.
“It’s the Silver Fox!” he exclaimed as we descended into Manchester.”
And that’s that. Ryan Lizza goes no further. Clearly he’s on order that Teh Ghey is The Third Rail.
Maybe it’s a new trend. As the intrepid Matthew Rettenmund notes on his blog Boy Culture, Luke Evans, formerly a completely “out” young actor, is now re-closeting himself as The BigTime beckons.
And I have no doubt the “Mainstream” will go right along with this. After all it’s his “private life” isn’t it?
Natalie Wood will sing us out.