Thursday, September 8, 2011


When I first saw her about two years ago, I thought, "OH NO" What I saw in that photo, the face, the words that were quoted seemed ... oh dear, so righteous, so self-promoting, and unseeing of the real world

Now KA-BOOM, Michele Bachmann is all over the news, proclaiming her truths.

Her face is symmetrical, perfectly shaped, unwrinkled.. BUT -- gee -- her eyes. The beam of her blue eyes bothers me. Those eyes stare at the camera and beyond, and say she's utterly secure about her ideas and thoughts -- be they religious convictions, certainties, personal ideology.

That look in her eyes is not just what she's figured out. It's in her genes, her bones, her bearing, her thoughts and language, her everything.

She's almost beautiful but there's a cold something -- sternness? Or is it an unbending, impenetrable will? a stiffness? Whatever it is, it makes me very uncomfortable.

I don't like her. I don't trust her. I don't feel any approachable womanliness in her. She's not a person with whom I can, on any level, share or communicate.

Her bearing says "keep away." It's as if she's one of those wonderfully tended green lawns in the center of the city park. And there's a keep off the grass sign.

Sarah Palin, whose ideas scare me, is preferable. Though I would hate (yes, "hate") to see Sarah as President of the United States, she has a feminine beauty, warmth, humor, inner joy -- and even with all her convictions that to me are wrong, prejudiced, limiting --- she's a much more acceptable candidate. Despite Palin's "sell" -- the often repulsive (to me, repulsive) ways she has promoted herself, I find Sarah Palin beautiful and real.

Bachmann is not.

I don't like the look of her. Yes, it's ridiculous, to base my attitude toward a viable candidate, based on her looks, not her politics.

What Bachman stands for -- her connection to Republicans, her opposition to things I feel are essential to America, I can't begin to discuss.

When I see Rick Perry, hear his tone, feel his energy, I respond to the man. Like him? Yes, I like him -- he states who he is and expresses what he feels. Though the thought of him as president makes me shudder --I think he'd be a nightmare for our country -- I can still listen and look and at him and explain why I totally disagree with him.

I've written this post to explain why I simply cannot think about Michele Bachmann. Newsweek called her the "Queen of Rage." In my opinion, she's not a queen of anything, except, perhaps, blind ambition.


Anonymous said...

Dear Emily: Bachman has that 'DEER IN THE HEADLIGHT LOOK!" Lol! She is not only scary to look at but really scary to listen to. Rick Perry is good looking but either one would be terrible for our country I believe. Michelle Bachman is a breed of her own...something not of this America as we know it. kam
Kathleen Ann McGee

Linda Phillips said...

As of last night's looks like Bachmann is least this time around.

I find nothing endearing about any of the Republicans who are running or those already in office.

Anonymous said...

Bachmann and Palin and others that are of the same views are products of these uncertain times where the American people are looking for ways to control their own worlds, they are using religion, hate and oppression of others, anti government rhetoric, militias. There is no rational thinking among this ilk where science is not viewed as beneficial to problem solving because their evangelical religious views will not allow that kind of thinking.
The dynamics we are experiencing are dangerous when you see the oppression of our President Obama by the Republican/Tea Party/Libertarians in Congress that sacrifice this country for their own purpose.
Very clear that they are as a bloc oppressing the American people and our elected leader President Obama to serve themselves and Corporation
efforts to influence and control our government. Hugs, xxxxooo H.

Carola said...

Newsweek got a lot of criticism for publishing that cover. They picked a photo with a crazy look, which they shouldn't have done. I find Rick Perry scarier, because he has a realistic chance. And I think he is a fake. And yes Sarah Palin is definitely more beautiful and appealing than any of them. She's a pleasure to look at, if not to listen to.

Michael Blevins said...

Yes, Bachman in a nut-shell is a nut-case!