OK, I'll admit to not caring a whole lot about the politics of Rep. Michele Bachmann -- don't really care that she was elected to Congress and have better things to do than pay close attention to her career.
That leaves me relatively close to the mainstream of Minnesota media consumers, I'm guessing: fairly nonpartisan and unconcerned about her.
From that perspective, I can't explain why the Twin Cities media is so fascinated by her and ready to rip her apart. Sure, she glommed onto the president on State of the Union night, and she apparently said something stupid about Middle East politics in an interview with a St. Cloud reporter (who didn't even know she said something particularly stupid). But does Bachmann really deserve the buffoon's treatment she consistently gets in the Twin Cities media, including the ridiculous pic of her in the Star Tribune Saturday? (The pic above isn't it...couldn't find the photo on the Strib Web site.)
Maybe she does -- but to the typical reader, it looks politically inspired and unfair.