In a posting yesterday evening over at AmSpecBlog, Friend In The Ether Quin Hillyer took Michele Bachmann to task for not accepting Chris Wallace’s video apology for asking her on Fox News Sunday if she was a flake.
While I think Quin is being too harsh on Mrs. Bachmann, I do agree with this:
…First, Wallace’s apology seemed sincere. Second, he didn’t ask the question in a nasty way anyway, but more in the tone of giving her a chance to clear the air. Third, the actual subject of the question, if not the wording, was entirely legitimate: Bachmann does have a history of verbal gaffes, and she will be challenged on that history, and it is perfectly legitimate for a newsman to ask her about them. Actually, the way Wallace did it was a favor to her….
I think it was a softball question and gave her the opportunity to do some defining of herself for once. I agree with Quin that she should have handled it better after the fact [we both agree her answer to CW was, as QH puts it ‘pretty darn good’].
I don’t agree with Quin that her refusal to accept Mr. Wallace’s video apology was ‘pathetic’, because she did once he called her, which is the proper way an honorable man handles such matters [see Aaron Goldstein’s posting on that here, which I heartily agree with].
But I do agree with this Quin quip:
…Bachmann is an eloquent spokesman for the conservative cause. But she needs to develop a Reaganesque ability to shrug off insults and, better, to turn them around to her own advantage, preferably with humor….
Mrs. Bachmann has to adopt more of the Happy Warrior persona that The Raygun and Mrs. Palin have in spades. However, as I much as I like her [she would be my second choice after SP], I don’t think she can ― it’s not who she is [that many kids will do that to you] ― which is why she may make a damn fine VP candidate [confession: I liked Spiro Agnew].
I still think the best course she could have taken would have been to join with Allen West and a few other brave House souls and overthrow Cryin’ John Boehner and his mushy minions. She’s a street fighter and The House Of Representatives is the rough side of town.