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Not sexy: Newsweek makes itself look even crazier than Michele Bachmann with its photo games

Michelle Bachmann, Newsweek
Don't stare too long. You might be sucked into Michelle Bachmann's cool pools of Tea Party rage. Courtesy of Newsweek

Just when you thought Newsweek's editor-in-chief Tina Brown had outdone herself, the tricky Brit reveals yet another rager.

Hot on the heels of last month's Princess Diana at 50 debacle, Brown and her crew effortlessly followed the June outrage with an August veneer of controversy.

The formerly flailing weekly's latest cover features a larger-than-life close-up of hopeful Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann — looking rather, well, terrifying. Bachmann's eyes glow rabidly, her chin tilts a bit upward in anticipatory defiance, the lighting harshly portrays an otherwise Palin-esquely attractive (albeit batshit crazy) woman, putting her 55 years of age on merciless display — all neatly stamped with a "The Queen of Rage" caption.

It's enough to make a casual passerby hide the kids and the wife. Or vote Democrat. The National Organization for Women has even blasted Bachmann's cover treatment as "sexist."

It's a bold Brown move, no matter how you slice her politics. But Brown vehemently defended the Bachmann cover on Twitter. "Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now," Brown tweeted. "And Newsweek’s cover captures that."

Among other things.

Madame diplomat (and former presidential contender) Hillary Clinton was spared the odd cover shot with her recent, stately appearance on Newsweek's front page. Even the queen of the political gaffe, Sarah Palin, got the cozy, busty, Rosie-the-Riveter treatment in her Newsweek spread.

Political leanings aside, it's easy to spot an unflattering photo when you see one.

So you tell us: Did Newsweek's photo shoot make Michele Bachmann look psychotic? Or did it simply reveal the nut job of a woman we're already tired of hearing about?

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