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.

As reported by HuffPo, and as will be repeated endlessly in the left-blogosphere, print and broadcast media:

If any of you thought that Fox News was a sufficient counterweight to the liberal mainstream media, think again.

Update: Wallace has issued a video statement acknowledging that it was a mistake to have used the term “a flake” since such language in the question interfered with the real story, which was Bachmann’s response. Wallace is a class act, and I’m sure he didn’t mean to demean Bachmann by the use of the term, but it just goes to show how deep the narrative of Bachmann, Palin, and just about any other non-establishment Republican being “non-serious” or “a flake” goes.