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I'm not entirely sure this photo is AS non-representative as everyone would like it to be. Michele Bachmann HAS crazy Manson-lamp eyes. They're very pale against her dark hair, and she often wears dark suits. Here's her Congressional photo, to the left. Those eyes are still unsettling. She also tends to do a thing where she's not quite looking at the camera but a little bit above it (and I'm speaking generally, not about that snafu with the response to the State of the Union where she just wasn't looking at the right camera). What I think is going on is an attempt to counteract eyes that squint a bit. When I smile widely, my eyes all but disappear. This happens to my whole family. Sometimes, when it's an important photo or I'm just conscious of it, I try to hold my eyes open. The result is usually much like both Rep. Bachmann's Congressional portrait and the Newsweek cover. I look a little too intense, like I'm trying to steal someone's soul through the camera. When you try to compensate for stuff your face does naturally, you're inevitably going to produce some weird looking alternatives. As someone who is in the public eye frequently, I'm guessing that this is always at the front of Rep. Bachmann's mind, and it should be.
Now, all of this aside, I vehemently dislike Bachmann and think she'd be a disaster of a President. She's way too interested in producing a theocracy, she's aggressively anti-LGBTQ, she's simply wrong about a bunch of important facts, and she's way too willing to shift her stories to fit the moment, up to and including her own personal history. I believe that she is a dangerous person. I highly recommend reading Matt Taibbi's excellent profile of Bachmann in Rolling Stone for a more in depth analysis of why she needs to be kept as far away as possible from the White House. But not because of a bad Newsweek cover.