How many men has he asked that question?


I don’t particularly like Michele Bachmann and don’t plan to vote for her, but I’ve never seen a male candidate for POTUS get asked “Are you a flake?”

As Hot Air points out:

I can understand why Chris Wallace asked this question. Given his guest’s propensity for gaffes, such as picking the name of a dead hero as a live Medal of Honor winner, botching a toast to Queen Elizabeth II, discussing the high points of the Austrian language, and several references to a military medic as a “corpseman,” it might be hard to take the person seriously.

Oh, wait — Wallace wasn’t interviewing Barack Obama after all


UPDATE:

Wallace: Sorry for the “flake” question


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59 Responses to How many men has he asked that question?

  1. WMCB says:

    No Bachmann love here either – ick. But as a commenter on HA said, I would have loved for her to look straight at Wallace and ask, “Are you a muckraking hack? Because, you understand, that’s the “rap” on you…”

    Has any interviewer ever looked at batshit Ron Paul and asked him if he’s a flake? Did any serious interviewer ever ask Alan Grayson that? News editorializers have said all sorts of insulting opinions on all sorts of politicians, but they would not ask a sitting congressMAN that question point blank in an interview. They’d have more respect for the office than that.

    • myiq2xu says:

      She’s being Palinized

      • ralphb says:

        Build her up to try and keep Palin out, then tear her down. Looks like the tear down is starting early. Maybe they’re just afraid of any woman candidate after all.

      • votermom says:

        Yup. It’s a shame she decided to turn against Palin and throw in with the GOP establishment since they are just going to use her against Palin and then drop her.

        • Been there, done that says:

          I’d be careful about buying the media cliche’ that women can’t get along (i.e. Bachman turning against Palin). They have the same audience. And Bachman is certainly no protoge ‘ of the establishment either. They’re both in the same position and both being sexualized and ripped. The media loves to divide and conquer; they to it to Repubs, and the same goes for conservatives, and most of all, it goes for women conservatives.

        • myiq2xu says:

          You did hear about Ed Rollins “not serious” smear against Palin, didn’t you?

      • DandyTiger says:

        I had that done to my house siding. Worked wonders.

  2. 1539days says:

    The only time to ask that is when talking to Rep. Jeff Flake.

  3. ralphb says:

    After watching the clip, I’ve got to say that was a really pathetic performance by Chris Wallace. What a scumbag!

  4. ralphb says:

    Andrew Cuomo 2016 speculation heating up

    The 2016 Democratic presidential race just began.

    With his successful push to pass a gay marriage law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo overnight became a national contender, putting down a major marker among the liberal party base that dominates the primaries.

    Maybe if our esteemed media gets prematurely involved in 2016, 2012 will go better. Yuck!

  5. Lola-at-Large says:

    Wallace trying to pull the “likable” card on Bachmann.

  6. votermom says:

    OT: kid is watching Disney channel and FLOTUS keep showing up! Aaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Is nowhere safe?

  7. 1539days says:

    I think that whole Jon Stewart thing rattled him. Guess what? Stewart has some nostalgic version of the press that never existed. Don’t listen to his crap. Wallace’s job is harder than Stewart. Look how bad you can screw it up when you don’t try anymore.

  8. catarina says:

    Bachmann handles the assholes really well.

    She doesn’t lose her shit like Obama would if someone pissed *him* off in an interview.

    Arlen Specter once told her to “act like a lady” and she handled him pretty well too:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/21/specter_tells_bachmann_to_act_like_a_lady.html

    Too bad she’s a repro-nazi.

    • myiq2xu says:

      She should have given Arlen a lady-like kick in the balls.

    • Been there, done that says:

      Oh, please. Are you really going to follow up an excellent, well-stated position like your first sentence with a slur worhty of HuffPo at the end? C’mon, we have to deal with that enough from the “demonic mobs.” Ad hominem makes us look as crazy as it makes them look.

  9. swanspirit says:

    Why not ask Huckabee .. cmooon please ask him 🙂

  10. swanspirit says:

    Then again , they do treat women running for VP or POTUS like aliens from another planet … he might as well ask do you have antennae and bleed green ?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Meh, the media was running Palin against Obama in ’08, not JoeyB. I swear, SP had a thicker resume against any of the Top 4 on the ’08 tickets. Probably what turned me off to our media, I was totally in faceplam mode for months.

  11. 1539days says:

    The media is getting into the idea of a catfight between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. I dare say, besides supporting Bachmann herself, Palin has also done more to promote female candidates than the entire Democratic Party did in 2010. Hell, I think the DNC spent more effort cutting down Republican women than promoting Democratic women.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The media is getting into the idea of a catfight between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

      Sarah won’t play that game.

      I think the DNC spent more effort cutting down Republican women than promoting Democratic women.

      Did they promote ANY women?

      • 1539days says:

        maybe Nancy Pelosi

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          They didn’t promote her either. As soon as they got that first day shot of her with all the kids at the Speaker’s desk for the history books they threw her under the bus. While she was laughing it up, thinking she had in “in” to the boys club, they were scheming behind her back. Hoyer, Clyburn, before them Rahm, the blogger boyz, they all hated her. And actively worked against her. Sadly, she’d drunk so much kool aide, she couldn’t actually tell what was going on.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Dem women lost net 8 seats in the House at the last Midterm, Repub women gained net 7 seats.

        • votermom says:

          Which is why I don’t fall for the line anymore that GOP women are submissive and patriarchy-supporting. If you are an ambitious woman who aspires to lead it seems obvious now that you have a greater chance of rising to the top in the GOP party.

    • Been there, done that says:

      Bingo! The media shows that they find it impossible not to group and then divide people, to stereotype, and to use cliches’ when it comes to conservatives and to women.

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    got to be the stupidist question Cris ever asked anyone 😦

  13. 1539days says:

    If Jon Stewart really wanted to give the death blow to Wallace, he’s put this clip at the top of his show.

  14. myiq2xu says:

    William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:

    The narrative already was being set, the Palinization of Michele Bachmann, but now that Fox News has joined in, it’s all but over as to the Michele Bachmann narrative if she makes it to a general election (including as to V.P.).

    It’s a question to which there is no good answer because even having to respond to such a question, asked by someone of Chris Wallace’s stature, is damaging. “I am not a flake” will be hung around Bachmann’s neck.

    • 1539days says:

      The Obots are pulling the Jedi Mind Trick on the GOP here. Mitt Romney is a Democrat’s favorite nominee because he will lose the general election. I know a lot of Democrats and PUMAs voted for McCain in 2008, but Republicans need their own base to be excited about the nominee.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Democrats and PUMA’s that voted for McCain generally did it as a protest vote. They’re liberals who would like a real liberal. And noticed Obama was a Republican and they didn’t like the anti-democracy rulz efforts. This time around I suspect most would either do another protest vote for the GOP candidate or likely vote for the best liberal in some third party. But always remember, those numbers of Dems and former Dems are liberal, so the GOP candidate won’t matter for the ones doing a protest vote. Though there may be a special pleasure if it’s Palin. I predict almost none of them would vote for such an anti-gay, anti-reproductive rights person like Bachmann though.

        Having said that, GOPers should remember, those numbers are probably small. If they actually want to win, they should pick someone the GOP would actually vote for (not McCain, not Romney) and someone independents would vote for (not Bachmann). Just a suggestion.

        • DandyTiger says:

          The more I think about it, I think there is one and only one person that can beat Obama. That’s Palin. Many may think Im crazy, but that’s what I think anyway.

        • ralphb says:

          Really goes against the conventional wisdom but I;m arriving at the same conclusion. If she runs a good campaign, I think she can win.

        • votermom says:

          The only way a candidate can win against Obama is to either
          a) have the media abandon BO and start rooting for that candidate, which will only happen if the media gets a memo from their bosses that BO is deadweight and the challenger is the new approved frontman; or
          b) if the candidate has it’s own alternate grassroots anti-media communication system

          Only Palin has a shot of doing option B

        • Been there, done that says:

          “…noticed Obama was a Republican…”

          Forget the sarc tag?

  15. 1539days says:

    So, when Bachmann fails and Rick Perry fizzles, is that the end of the non-Palin candidates? If it is, that’s the time for Palin to enter the race.

    • ralphb says:

      I’ve watched Perry for a long time and I don’t think he’s really a non-Palin candidate. If anything he’s a non-Romney candidate. In practice, he’s a die hard corporatist though outside the state that’s not well known yet.

  16. Three Wickets says:

    Is Michelle the only Republican challenger who was in Congress during the big bank bailouts. Because she can say she voted against the WH (and by association the Fed) decision to bailout out the big banks and their creditors on the backs of taxpayers and working people who are now stuck with the 6 trillion dollar bill. What we should have done is bitten the bullet and restructured the banks. It would have been a very bitter pill at the time, but we would likely be on a healthier path to recovery today.

    Believe they largely avoided talking about the economic record at the recent debate. But whoever begins making above case will probably get the voters’ attention. The real story may be a bit more complicated, but not much more.

  17. glennmcgahee says:

    I registering as a Republican this week. I thin k whoever runs will beat Obama. People have begun to resent him and his family’s presentation. There also is resentment against the media for their role in promoting Obama. Palin has the guts to use that and help us along with finally pulling the plug on their influence and making them irrelevant. There’s hardly anything new they can say about Palin. They’ve used their juice and she truly has a grassroots, working class element hoping for her to enter, even with all her baggage. I think she can take it. I’m looking forward to the movie. If its half of what I’ve seen promoted, it might do the trick.People want the media to be put in their place once and for all.

    • votermom says:

      I will register as GOP when Palin declares so I can vote for her in the primary. If she doesn’t declare then I am keeping my Dem label and writing in Hillary.

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