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It will be interesting to see if Michele Bachmann’s media quasi-luster lasts. Liberals in particular seem to praise her as kooky but effective in getting her “malevolent message” out. There’s no contempt and condescension in the aversion. Yet.

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  • Meng Bomin · June 28, 2011 at 3:34 am

    It’s primary season. Their tune would change were she to get the nomination (or be selected as the vice presidential nominee).

  • The Mark Who Was Here First · June 28, 2011 at 5:23 am

    She’s an utterly deranged Christer nutjob. So if she somehow gets nominated, how long will it for some of our “secular rightists” to tell us we simply MUST vote for her because of scary Obama?

    If you are looking frauds, don’t bother with the press–start here.

  • Susan · June 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I doubt it will come to that.

  • Polichinello · June 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I’ll vote for her just hear Mark’s sweet, sweet sobs of outrage and frustration.

  • Polichinello · June 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    It’s primary season. Their tune would change were she to get the nomination (or be selected as the vice presidential nominee).

    It won’t get that far. The only thing she’s done is further crater Pawlenty’s already lame campaign. If Romney can keep his trap shut, he’ll get the nod. He’s not loved–he’s certainly not my first choice–but he’s serviceable.

  • Clark · June 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    The big question is whether the more populist side of the party gets behind a single candidate (i.e. Bachmann or potentially Perry) and whether the more mainstream/establishment side gets behind one candidate (probably Romney but potentially Huntsman – I think Pawlenty’s been discounted) If thing remain split by the end of the summer then it’s anyones guess as to what happens. That’s how McCain ended up winning the nod.

  • John · June 29, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Despite claims from the press that GOP primary voters are all rabid right wingers (if only!), the last 4 GOP nominees have been McCain, Bush 43, Dole, and Bush 41. Not exactly a group of conservative stalwarts. I’m guessing Romney will win. He’s a moderate, and it’s “his turn”.

  • Susan · June 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Bachmann’s been subject to some contempt and condescension. But she’s a lot less easy to make fun of than Palin. For one thing, she speaks in complete sentences. For another, she isn’t hiding behind Facebook and Twitter, and she’s willing to participate in debates and go one-on-one with potentially hostile interviewers, neither of which Palin is willing to do. The press probably has some grudging admiration for that. And, most of all, Bachmann appears to be running a campaign, not a traveling carnival sideshow.

  • Clark · June 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I think the other reason to treat Bachmann as a contender is that she’s almost certainly going to win one of the three battleground states.

    People keep talking about the party not getting behind a tea party candidate but the actual rollout of voting in states gives Bachmann some really good options. Especially if Perry doesn’t end up entering the race. (I still think Perry will come in and then quickly find that some of his past actions that played great in Texas won’t play great nationally – plus there’s still memory of the last Texas governor we had as President)

  • Acilius · June 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I myself hadn’t noticed lefties being particularly respectful towards Bachmann. If they have been, I’m ready with a hypothesis to explain why. Sarah Palin’s presentation of herself as a victim of prejudice (prejudice against women, prejudice against people who didn’t go to elite colleges, prejudice against rural dwellers, prejudice against conservatives, etc) has, I suspect, stung liberals and leftists deeply. The very thing on which people who are left of center most pride themselves is freedom from prejudice, so it’s easy to make them uncomfortable and defensive by accusing them of prejudice.

    So, my idea is that if liberals and leftists are praising Bachmann and not showing her contempt or condescension, it’s to prove that they can be respectful to a woman who went to Winona State University and Oral Roberts Law School, who has spent much of her life on farms, and who is very far to the right. If this idea is correct, once Bachmann eclipses Palin we’ll see that respectfulness drop away and a more usual attitude toward political opponents take its place.

  • Susan · June 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I think she’s bucking for a v.p. slot. Maybe as second seat to Romney, although that gives you two people on the same ticket with religious issues. Her evangelism, his Mormonism. The Mormonism might be a deal-breaker for the evangelicals. The evangelism might be a deal-breaker for everyone else.

    And the stone Palinistas have a seething hatred for Bachmann, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

  • Polichinello · June 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I may wind up eating these words, but there’s no way Romney would pick Bachmann for his vp. One Palin was enough, and he’s got plenty of better options than McCain had in 2008, when he desperately needed to someone to gin up conservative enthusiasm. Pawlenty, Jindal and even Marco Rubio are far better options. All of these guys would suit any Bachmann voter and bring far fewer negatives, and they have more government experience than Bachmann.

    She’ll win Iowa, lose New Hampshire and founder in South Carolina. Then she’ll bow out and collect lots of dough in speaking fees.

    Now there’s some hostages to fortune!

  • Susan · June 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Well, Polichinello, didn’t Newt Gingrich say that the best way to sell books was by running for president? Bachmann probably isn’t quite that venal; she probably really does want to run for the presidency so as to be on the ticket in some capacity, no matter if she isn’t going to end up being anyone’s choice for VP. Palin, I think, is just doing a fan dance to keep up her marketability with her base.

  • J. · June 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Bachmann also supposedly believes planes can’t fly without the use of witchcraft (according to HuffPo report on her gaffes). Wow–that could bring in some wicca voters, perhaps–maybe a few paganish mormons.



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