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January 5, 2011

THE SCOPE OF BACHMANN'S AMBITIONS.... Shortly after the midterm elections, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) launched a campaign to become the new House Republican Conference Chair. GOP leaders, who tend to find Bachmann rather embarrassing, quietly crushed her bid, and ensured she wouldn't join the congressional leadership.

One wonders, then, how they'd feel about a much bigger promotion for the deranged Minnesota Republican.

In recent weeks, there's been a fair amount of scuttlebutt about Bachmann eyeing a U.S. Senate race in 2012. ABC News reports this morning that the right-wing lawmaker may aim even higher.

ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

A source close to the three-term congresswoman said Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month for multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, also is set to deliver a keynote speech at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa. [...]

Bachmann's appearance in the Hawkeye State later this month will be her third trip over the past eight months to the significant early-caucus state, and last week she was featured at another GOP fundraiser in Michigan -- also an early primary state.

Although aides in Bachmann's congressional office said she has received frequent encouragement from supporters to challenge President Obama next year, they would not confirm quite yet that she officially was throwing her hat into the ring.

For the record, I find it very hard to believe that Bachmann would be serious about this. She may have limitless ambitions -- who knows what the voices in Bachmann's head tell her is possible -- but even she must realize her odds of getting elected President of the United States are about as good as mine.

If Bachmann were to pursue this, it'd very likely be an elaborate exercise in vanity -- she'd enjoy the attention, the platform, and the visibility; she'd expect a bump in stature; and she could drop out with plenty of time to seek re-election to her current post.

For Democrats, there are a couple of angles to this. The good news is, if Bachmann does launch a national campaign, she'll give party leaders, who wish she'd just go away, plenty of indigestion. The bad news is, if she runs, Bachmann would likely make other GOP candidates look moderate and sensible by comparison.

Steve Benen 9:40 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (41)

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My guess is that Bachmann really wants to run for *vice-president*. If she garners enough support with a presidential try (say, 10%), she'll make a very attractive running mate.

She may represent the "best" of the crazy - she's more knowledgeable than Palin, and might be a better politician, though certainly not better at PR.

Posted by: Ralph Kramden on January 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM | PERMALINK

Although I know that Bachmann has said various crazy things, I felt, when I watched her debating on the CBS Meet the Press (equivalent) that she could parrot the talking points fairly well.
Faint praise being - much better that Sarah Palin.

So I suspect she would be a harder worker and she may also be getting - and taking - better advice than Palin.

Posted by: catclub on January 5, 2011 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

being a loon is not a disqualification from seriously seeking national office as Bible Spice demonstrated in 2008. Arguably it is an advantage as a majority of voters in 2010 were crazy too.

Posted by: Terry on January 5, 2011 at 9:51 AM | PERMALINK

I don't even think she could win a Senate race in Minnesota. Her district is tailor made for someone with very conservative views and she is an embarassment outside it.

Posted by: jomo on January 5, 2011 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

Like Palin before her, running for office is a mere stepping stone toward a book deal. (Regnery Press, 100,000 copies @$25ea.)

Posted by: DAY on January 5, 2011 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

'Bachmann turning on the overdrive!'*
She makes the guy in Washington Square Park on a soapbox with a tinfoil hat ranting into a microphone 'about aliens in your peanut butter, and if you do have to buy any, at least get the creamy and never the crunchy kind, 'cause that's them little buggers outer shells, and they want to inveade your intestines,' seem thoughtful and lucid in comparison.

*Anyone under the age of about 50, may have no idea what I'm referring to. A band.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 5, 2011 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

Wait till sister Sarah hears this! There'll be a catfight in the girls room behind the stadium!

Posted by: g on January 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

Bachmann's craziness will hurt her a little in the eyes of the GOP base, but her stupidity and meanness will more than compensate. As a VP candidate, she would surely attach herself to the top of the ticket like a remora.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on January 5, 2011 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

c u n d gulag said:
Bachmann turning on the overdrive!'*

*Anyone under the age of about 50, may have no idea what I'm referring to. A band.

I'm under 50, but I caught your reference to Randy Bachman, who was in the Guess Who before forming BTO.

American woman, stay away from me.
American woman, mama let me be.
Don't come hanging around my door
I don't wan to see your shadow no more.
Colored lights can hypnotize.
Sparkle someone else's eyes.
Now woman, I said get away.
American woman, listen what I say.

Posted by: SteveT on January 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't underestimate Bachmann, font of crazy. She could be a formidable candidate for the Presidential nomination. Palin's an idiot and a fraud. Romney is a Mormon and plastic. Pawlenty is dull. But Bachmann manages to present her delusions with this earnestness that makes them seem grounded in reality.

And I am confident that she doesn't realize her odds of getting elected are low. One of the things that fascinates me about the right-wing mind is how they believe with such absolute conviction that they are the majority in the US. In this, as in other things, they ignore all evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: PTate in MN on January 5, 2011 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Oh pullleeeeze run Michelle . The entertainment will be astounding.

Posted by: John R on January 5, 2011 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

See, this is why it's so important that health insurance include coverage for mental health problems. Lots of coverage ...

Posted by: K in VA on January 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

"her odds of getting elected President of the United States are about as good as mine" per Steve Benen.

Oh, come now, Mr. B! Do you look good in a tight red low-cut dress? Do you wear high spiked heels? Do you wink at the old geezers and dateless fatboys of the right, in a way that makes them think you're winking at them personally?

Because that's all it takes get the Republican vote these days. Bachman, Palin, and McDonnell have it, and I strongly doubt that you do. (In your defense, you probably don't want these characteristics...)

Posted by: zandru on January 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

SteveT,
Good man!
"American Woman" is one of the all time great put your pedal to the metal driving songs. Period!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 5, 2011 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

"Bachmann manages to present her delusions with this earnestness that makes them seem grounded in reality."

Those are the kind of crazy people who are the most dangerous, especially in an era where Americans are watching more TV than ever before - an average of 34 hours per person per week. In a TV dominated world, appearances are everything - the medium is the message.

Posted by: delNorte on January 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

Something tells me that, over the next two years, a whole lot of ultraconservatives are going to get into a whole lot of unpleasant confrontations with reality. Namely, the reality that outside of a small cadre of fellow crazies they're wildly unpopular and no one else will ever even consider voting for them. Even among Republicans. It will be kind of fun to watch.

Posted by: Basilisc on January 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

""American Woman" is one of the all time great put your pedal to the metal driving songs"- c u n d gulag

Yes, and when it hit the airwaves in 1970, I put the pedal to the metal in my VW Microbus. The one with the zero to sixty time of; well, actually, it couldn't GO sixty. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 5, 2011 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Is there ever a Presidential election in which a brigade of no-hopers DON'T announce their candidacies, particularly on the Republican side?

Alan Keyes is probably updating his letterhead right now.

Posted by: have clue -- will travel on January 5, 2011 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

I believe Bachmann's real ambition is the Senate race against Amy Klobuchar in 2012. It will be an expensive race, so Bachmann is starting her national fundraising efforts now. Minnesota is a surprising competitive state these days, with very close races becoming the norm, and not just for high profile offices. Not only does a candidate have to raise money for the race, but for the costs of challenging the election after the recounts.

Posted by: jpeckjr on January 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

DAY,
Not even downhill with a strong "Idiot Wind" behind it?

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

Over Sarah Palin's dead body!

That's a cat fight I'd love to see.

Posted by: SaintZak on January 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

The goofball from Alaska at least looked the part for the camera. But Bachmann? Teh Crazy positively glows from her eyes. It's like they're literally spinning right in front of you.

Since most people (who don't follow politics... which is most people) have never heard of Michelle Bachmann, it won't take but a moment for them to realize she is bat-shit crazy. It doesn't matter whether they're conservative or liberal, Bachmann's insanity will be laid bare for everyone to laugh at.

It's the one reason Palin has fared so well since she quit her responsibilities (Quiter), and that is: she's not crazy. She's not even stupid. She's just willfully ignorant.

But Bachmann is the whole trifecta: Crazy, Stoopid and Ignorant.

Posted by: Rochester on January 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

How about Palin/Bachmann 2012?

Posted by: Eeyore on January 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Seriously - Bachmann will never get the opportunity to run for VP. The R's will realise they did that already and it didn't work out that well, except for the VP candidate herself. And I can't imagine she would win any primaries for the presidential nomination, although god knows she probably thinks she could.

Like someone wrote above, if she throws her bonnet in the ring, it's to position herself for a Senate race or something.

Posted by: emjayay on January 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

Her main ambition after all should still be to seek psychological attention..

Posted by: Trollop on January 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

Bachmann Palin Overdrive

Posted by: GOPhuckYourself on January 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

"Randy Bachman, who was in the Guess Who before forming BTO."

"the medium is the message".

Aren't you guys exceeding quota for Canadian content?

Posted by: Johnny Canuck on January 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

Bachmann is not going to be nominated.

Posted by: T2 on January 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

Run, Michelle, Run!

2012 could be Goldwater/Johnson territory with Bachmann as the nominee. And she has a puncher's chance of gaining the nomination. She could sell herself as Palin without the baggage. And then start piling on the baggage.

Run, Michelle, Run!

Posted by: danimal on January 5, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

She'd be most unwise to throw her hat into the ring. It's the sanest thing above her shoulders.

Posted by: Mark on January 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

but even she must realize her odds of getting elected President of the United States are about as good as mine.

If you had Plouffe and Ax, I think you could beat her, Steve.

Posted by: strictadherent on January 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

"Palin-Bachmann in 2012"

"Bachmann-Palin Overdrive in 12"

I can't wait!!

Posted by: tomb on January 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

A few thoughts:
1) First, I think Bachmann is crazy enough to try this.
2) Bachmann also has a lot of drive and as far as I can tell absolutely no principles. She'll do whatever she has to - which can play to her advantage and make her easy to manipulate (and thus appealing).
3) Among the right there's a definite shake-up in the power structure. We've got the CPAC-versus-RR mess over GOProud, we've got Tea Partiers against "RiNOs", etc. Bachmann could take advantage of that (intentionally or not).
4) She has no reason NOT to run.
5) She, like others, will play the victim card if things don't go well.

Here's the ticket I could see working - not Palin-Bachmann, but Bachmann-Palin. Palin likes the spotlight but doesn't have the gumption for running a full presidential campaign - I think Bachmann does (and has the staff and infrastructure that, to an extent, she listens to). They'd run more as a duo - but Bachmann would have her campaign teams, etc. do the heavy lifting.

So I think this is possible.

Posted by: Fang on January 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

[...] Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month [...] -- ABC news

Paging Zeitgeist: this is your chance to see your two fav crazies together, in real time. Maybe then you'll be able to decide, once and for all, which one gets the nut.

Posted by: exlibra on January 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

"a source?" "A source?" One source!? Man, when I worked at ABCNews, you needed two sources for this kind of thing. I mean, c'mon.. one source?!

Posted by: brooklyn on January 5, 2011 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

Really, this illustrates the problem with the nation. Why are we talking about a Michele Bachmann presidential run, why are we even talking about her, period? She's a leading national figure....because she made an ass of herself on Hardball. Her claim to fame and the source of her success is that she made a complete fool of herself one night on a cable news show. Instead of sinking away in the tar pit of irrelevance, she was elevated to stat status by a media that thrives on serving up reality tv as news. Our news is entertainment and its turned our government into vaudeville, and Bachmann, the tea baggers are the fabricated star attractions.

Posted by: SaintZak on January 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

who knows what the voices in Bachmann's head tell her is possible -- but even she must realize her odds of getting elected President of the United States are about as good as mine

That is the most self-contradictory statement I've ever read. Bachmann doesn't know anything unless the voices in her head tells her so. God whispered to her once and told her to run, if she whispers again who is Bachmann to not listen to God?

Posted by: majun on January 5, 2011 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK
For the record, I find it very hard to believe that Bachmann would be serious about this.

As we know, one definition of insanity to do the same thing repeatedly while expecting a different result. In Bachmann's case, the thing she's doing repeatedly is saying stuff and expecting to be taken seriously.

Posted by: navamske on January 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

Palin/Bachmann '12: Dipshit and Batshit!
Palin/Bachmann '12: All in on the Crazy!
Palin/Bachmann '12: Asylum First!
Palin/Bachmann '12: I Can See a Padded Cell from my House!
Palin/Bachmann '12: Anyone for Thorazine?

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on January 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

The Republicans can always use another wingnut with the IQ of a gerbil in their caucus.

Posted by: max on January 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

More like Bachmann/Thompson 2012, taking care of business:
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me, I'm self-employed.
I love to work at nothing all day.

Posted by: josef on January 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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