Political Animal


February 08, 2013 9:16 AM Oh Goody

By Ed Kilgore

Slogging through the usual slim pickings of early-morning political news, I ran across this article from RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy that made my whole day:

But despite [a] presidential fade-out and close call back home, Bachmann is again being mentioned as a candidate for higher office — this time as a potential challenger to first-term Democratic Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

The queen of the constitutional conservatives might be the perfect foil to bring the lighter side of Al Franken back into view.

It’s true Bachmann would force any opponent to spend an inordinate time raising money: she broke her own House spending record last year, raising an amazing $14 million and still barely winning re-election.

But in a cycle that is likely to be a grim slog for progressives fighting against the “six-year itch,” plus adverse midterm turnout patterns, plus the residual effects of redistricting, a Bachmann-Frankel tilt would be just what the doctor ordered.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on February 08, 2013 9:43 AM:

    Too bad Bachmann's not more dowager-like, because the debates in this race might remind people of Groucho Marx v. Margaret Dumont - with Groucho running hysterical verbal circles around a completely clue-and-humour-free Dumont.

  • boatboy_srq on February 08, 2013 9:51 AM:

    Franken doesn't need to come up with much beyond "I'm brighter than you, and butcher than your husband." Crazy Eyes and Ladybird will do their own damage all by themselves.

  • Paul Dirks on February 08, 2013 9:51 AM:

    I'd send money and I'm over 2400 Miles away!

  • Paul Dirks on February 08, 2013 10:02 AM:

    I'd send money and I'm over 2400 Miles away!

  • Bo on February 08, 2013 10:09 AM:

    Bring it on! This would be risk-free, high political theater. Mickey Bachmann may be popular amongst the loonies in her Congressional district; however, she is regarded as a fool throughout the rest of Minnesota where the sane people live.
    Such a race would be a piece of cake for Al . . . and a laugh-riot for the rest of us to watch! The debates would be hilarious!