Even Michele Bachmann deserves better than this
If you please, headline writers of America, no more headlines about Michele Bachmann that include the word overdrive. Every time you do this, you betray the inadequacies of pun headlines.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive was a band that had a certain vogue in the 1970s. As far as I know—I see little point in keeping up—they may still be touring the Canadian provinces, but linking them to the current Republican candidate for the presidency is fatuous, for reasons that I will explain.
1. Punning on people’s names is juvenile. It’s schoolyard humor.
2. So far as I can tell, there is no connection whatever between the candidate and the band. An effective play on words works like a metaphor, bringing into relief some essential likeness. There isn’t one here.
3. It’s not 1976 any more. So maybe you could explain cleverness is making a pun on the names of a current candidate and a superannuated musician most active more than thirty years ago. No? I thought not.