CNN: Sure sounds like Michele Bachmann’s running for president

posted at 7:28 pm on March 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Palinista voices suddenly cried out in terror and were silenced.

Bachmann has already met with prominent interest groups and well-placed officials in early caucus and primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, where both Tea Partiers and Republican regulars have been impressed by her easy rapport with conservative crowds.

The trips are having an acute impact on Bachmann’s thinking about the presidential race, those around her say.

“She is leaning more toward doing it,” one Republican close to Bachmann told CNN. “The people she’s meeting on the ground, they love her. She is definitely more encouraged when she makes these trips.”…

But both Parrish and Bachmann’s media consultant, Ed Brookover, have recently started calling state party officials and other key political players in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, multiple Republican sources told CNN…

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad recently marveled at the crowds Bachmann can draw and said a contest featuring both her and Palin would “break all records” for caucus turnout.

She did six events in South Carolina in a single day last month. She’s an amazing fundraiser, she has impeccable tea-party credentials, and, as noted, she seems to be aggressively cultivating GOP activists in the early primary states to form a nascent organization. And don’t forget that Bachmann’s not only an Iowa native but pals with Steve King. Which prompts the question: Why would/should a grassroots conservative prefer Palin to her? Palin has higher national name recognition, but the gaps between candidates on that metric will narrow as the primaries get going. And there are advantages to being relatively unknown: Bachmann has the luxury of being able to make a first impression with many voters that Palin, Romney, and Huckabee don’t.

One thing that Palin has that Bachmann doesn’t is executive experience, but I’d be curious to know how many voters consider two and a half years as governor a huge advantage over four years in Congress. If this were anyone else, I’d argue that Palin could out-fundraise them, but Bachmann is a fundraising force of nature. And as for authenticity, here’s what Palin herself told the BBC she considered important in weighing whether to run:

JL: What are the considerations at the moment? What are the things that you are weighing up?

SP: Well, understanding that Obama has already said he’s going to rake in and spend $1bn (£615.4m) in this race. Money is certainly going to be a consideration. And then just the idea of, will the American electorate be ready for someone a bit unconventional, in terms of a candidate who will call it like she sees it, and who will not be beholden to special interests or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of just doing what’s right for the voters.

That’s Bachmann to a T, isn’t it? Unconventional: Check. Calling to call it like she sees it: Check. Unwilling to let a political machine get in her way: Are you kidding? Remember when she challenged Jeb Hensarling for leader of the Republican conference, despite the fact that virtually the whole House leadership was behind him? Didn’t she deliver an alternate rebuttal to the SOTU on behalf of tea partiers right after conservative rock star Paul Ryan delivered the official rebuttal for the GOP? The Times wrote an entire story back in November about her power among grassroots righties and the GOP caucus’s powerlessness in stopping it. Seriously, then, why Palin instead of her?


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AUINSC on March 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Cain seems like a nice guy and I certainly haven’t ruled him out but he uses too many soundbites, IMO, and I have more confidence in Bachmann’s record.

FloatingRock on March 11, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Baxter Greene on March 11, 2011 at 8:59 PM

too late…..

We already chased him off.

idesign on March 11, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I’d have no problem voting for Bachmann instead of Palin. They’re very similar. Both attractive conservative women. Both mothers of 5. Both have northern accents that may annoy some voters. Both have limited but adequate time served in elected office. Both are staunch supporters of the Tea Party. Both have taken on the GOP establishment. Both are willing to take the gloves off and go after Obama. And both for some reason seem to drive the MSDNC hosts crazy.

I even suspect Palin would be willing to endorse Bachmann were she to win the nomination. Here’s the problem. She ain’t winning the nomination. A member of the House emerging victorious in the primaries is a long shot at best. Yes, Newt was also in the House, but he was the Speaker as well for 4 years. I think a Bachmann candidacy would be more about raising her national profile than actually seeking the Presidency. That being said, I’ve often wondered what would happen if Palin won the nomination and picked Bachmann as her running mate. Can you imagine the heads exploding on the left if the GOP ticket was headed up by not one but TWO women?

Doughboy on March 11, 2011 at 9:04 PM

This piece of news from Drudge will cheer fins up.
The HILDABEAST is running,a real feminist witch.
Bubba basically said the bumma is wrong on earl,and everybody knows what Bubba says is true.
Fins u gotta party on now baby you ship is comin’ in.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Bubba sides with Palin on drilling.

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM

One thing that Palin has that Bachmann doesn’t is executive experience, but I’d be curious to know how many voters consider two and a half years as governor a huge advantage over four years in Congress.

Christie has even less, and it doesn’t seem to bother you.

I like Bachmann well enough, but she’s getting this Palin-wannabe aura.

ddrintn on March 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Governor POalin really needs to run to rescue her beloved State from the clutches of the overreaching federal Govt.

The Govt has locked up 90% of Alaska and most of the western states oil rich areas and the fed must be reigned in and property and states rights returned to the states.

it is the oinly way for we The People to control an out of control federal Govt.

Sarah is the ONLY person with the expertise and credibility to do this!

dhunter on March 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Why would/should a grassroots conservative prefer Palin to her?

The same reason a conservative in 1980 would’ve preferred Reagan to Phil Crane. Palin’s more charismatic.

Bachmann is forever popping up on talk radio and apparently on Fox as well, but what is her overall influence in shaping the debate?

ddrintn on March 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Bubba sides with Palin on drilling.

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM

One of the posts at politico……

THIS IS WORTH REPEATING!!

gahanson -Mar. 11, 2011 – 5:58 PM

It’s interesting to note that Clinton supports drilling, a no fly zone in

Libya, same as Sarah Palin. Just thought I’d point that out so that all

the loons who gather at Pollutico can pile on Bill knowing that he and

Sarah Palin are saying the same things.

LOL
.

idesign on March 11, 2011 at 9:16 PM

too late…..

We already chased him off.

idesign on March 11, 2011 at 9:04 PM

….great……

…………..I hope it sinks in because his comment could not have been further off base.

Baxter Greene on March 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Ugh

Grow Fins on March 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM

That right there is a big point in her favor. Picture a ticket guaranteed to make Grow Fins blow an artery …

OhioCoastie on March 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Subtle way to write it, instead of what Miss Piggy said-that “she’s a poor man’s version of Sarah Palin.” Meggie Mac, is that you?

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Meggie Mac said that about Bachmann?

……she’s actually dead on. Bachmann IS the poor man’s version of Palin. Or, at least, she feels that way.

Vyce on March 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Wouldn’t it save time to count up who ISN’T thinking of running for the GOP nomination? At this point we’ll soon hear that AP and Ed are forming exploratory committees.

ddrintn on March 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Palin/Bachmann 2012!

OMG, just the thought of the Lefty/Donk/MSM meltdown is exquisite!

There aren’t enough mops in the world to clean up all the exploding heads!

Too wonderful to happen…

Bruno Strozek on March 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Palin/Bachmann 2012!

OMG, just the thought of the Lefty/Donk/MSM meltdown is exquisite!

There aren’t enough mops in the world to clean up all the exploding heads!

Too wonderful to happen…

Bruno Strozek on March 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM

You know what the best part of that ticket would be? Seeing N.O.W. and the other feminist groups endorse the Obama/Biden ticket over them.

Doughboy on March 11, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Bruno Strozek on March 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Hardball would suddenly be the most entertaining show on television.

Kataklysmic on March 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Anything is possible, but I don’t think Bachmann can make it…not now anyway.

But what the hell, she can try.

Terrye on March 11, 2011 at 9:42 PM

One thing that Palin has that Bachmann doesn’t is executive experience, but I’d be curious to know how many voters consider two and a half years as governor a huge advantage over four years in Congress.

Palin has more executive experience than two and a half years as other posters have pointed out. Bachmann was a trial lawyer, then a state legislator then a member of Congress. No. Executive. Experience. Zero. Zip.

Personally, I DO find a huge advantage for a presidential candidate to have had experience as a mayor and a governor as opposed to someone with only legislative experience. They are two very different skill sets.

I do not believe that a legislator with NO executive leadership experience should take on the presidency as their first executive gig.

Take Pence, for example. I really, really admire the guy, love his record and want him to run for President, but AFTER he’s had a term or two as governor of Indiana. So I feel the same way with regards to Bachmann. I like her, I would love to see her run for governor of Minnesota before running for President.

Kirin on March 11, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Sarah’s more laid-back; Michelle is more edgy. It’s like the difference between Mary Katherine Ham and Ann Coulter, with the Coulter/Bachmann style both more confrontational and with a higher risk/reward option. Michelle might catch lightning in a bottle if Palin doesn’t make a decision early, or she could say or do something that turns her into the primary candidate equivalent of a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear reactor.

If nothing else, the idea of having to defend the court against both Palin and Bachmann for the next several months is going to drive the left crazy — they’ve spent the lion’s share of their time attempting to demonize Palin for the past 2 1/2 years, while Bachmann’s only been an occassional side show or regional source of derangement syndrome. I doubt they can bring the 100 percent unadulterated crazy against both at the same time.

jon1979 on March 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Just thought I’d point that out so that all the loons who gather at Pollutico can pile on Bill knowing that he and
Sarah Palin are saying the same things.
LOL.
idesign on March 11, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Common sense. It wins out in the end. Unless the Left succeeds in torqueing the world so far out of moral sync we can’t recognize it anymore. They’re trying.

rrpjr on March 11, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Could you do me a real big favor?

Tell me who the most electable Republican woman would be?

Thanks!

sharrukin on March 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Given how few Republican women governors or senators there are, there’s not a big pool to choose from. Jan Brewer would be my best guess.

Hollowpoint on March 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Given how few Republican women governors or senators there are, there’s not a big pool to choose from. Jan Brewer would be my best guess.

Hollowpoint on March 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Really? This is the woman that you think would run circles around Palin in the electability category? Brewer signed 1070 which took some guts but she has raised taxes and is a fairly weak debater/public speaker. I like her but more electable than Palin she is not. By a wide margin.

Kataklysmic on March 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Really? This is the woman that you think would run circles around Palin in the electability category? Brewer signed 1070 which took some guts but she has raised taxes and is a fairly weak debater/public speaker. I like her but more electable than Palin she is not. By a wide margin.

Kataklysmic on March 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Given her 60% disapproval rating, I’m pretty sure that the Ebola virus is more electable than Palin at this point.

Hollowpoint on March 11, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Really? This is the woman that you think would run circles around Palin in the electability category?

Kataklysmic on March 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

No he/she doesn’t think that. Hollowpoint just needed a name to use to justify an idiotic statement. They wouldn’t be constantly attacking as Hollowpoint does if they really believed Palin was unelectable.

sharrukin on March 11, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Given her 60% disapproval rating, I’m pretty sure that the Ebola virus is more electable than Palin at this point.

Hollowpoint on March 11, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Yet here you are in every thread trying to convince Palinistas that you know more about electoral politics than we do. Won’t dissuading even one of us ignorant rubes from supporting her make your big “I told you so” speach less sweet when, according to you, she is inevitably crushed in the primaries?

Kataklysmic on March 11, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Please tell us how Liz Cheney is even REMOTELY qualified to be President. I don’t mean eligible either, I mean QUALIFIED.

Her father was once Vice-President of the United States, just like Dubya.

Emperor Norton on March 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Given her 60% disapproval rating, I’m pretty sure that the Ebola virus is more electable than Palin at this point.

Hollowpoint on March 11, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Relax. A candidate you actually like and looks electable right now can also enjoy that 60% disapproval rating just as soon as we Palinistas run with every MSM meme with glee as well.

Anyway, I never ever want to hear anything again from pro-Christie people about “cults of personalty” and the like.

ddrintn on March 11, 2011 at 11:12 PM

How does she look so damned hot? Doesn’t she have 12 kids or something?

Jaibones on March 11, 2011 at 11:19 PM

I told you all that SP is not going to be a TPP candidate and yet you waste ink on it.

Bachman? hmm maybe.

Please remove SP from all that’s political,, best left for ONL, hunitn vids, and at some point energy secretary.

amend2 on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM

The difference I see between Palin and Bachmann is that Palin’s political ideas are based on practical consideration of what works. Palin provides good reasons for what she believes. Good arguments convince people like me. Bachmann’s politics are just a matter of faith. So are Michael Moore’s.

thuja on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Given how few Republican women governors or senators there are, there’s not a big pool to choose from. Jan Brewer would be my best guess.

Hollowpoint on March 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Wow. You’re so absolutely clueless it’s breathtaking.

fossten on March 11, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Please remove SP from all that’s political,, best left for ONL, hunitn vids, and at some point energy secretary.

amend2 on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Why shouldn’t we do the same with Bachmann? Her claim to fame right now is being a congresswoman and being on Hannity alot.

ddrintn on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Here’s my thing with Bachmann, which was the same problem I had with McCain…..if her peers don’t see her as a leader, why should I?

McCain had been in the Senate since I was a kid and yet, no significant accomplishments to speak of (except for Campaign Finance reform, which the Supreme Court has dismantled). And not many Republican senators campaigned for him until they absolutely had to. I never thought his peers saw him as a leader…and after seeing how he ran his campaign, I understand why.

I know Michelle hasn’t been in Congress as long, but if her peers wouldn’t consider voting for her for a leadership position, they obviously don’t see her as a leader. Again, why should I?

ramrants on March 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Seems to me that Michele talks and interviews better than Sarah — a little less folksy and a little more business. She fundraises amazingly well and helped many other tea party candidates. But she doesn’t have the accomplishments that Palin does yet and doesn’t have the energy focus that Palin brings. But if it were between her and Huckabee or her and Romney, she’s got my vote.

Christian Conservative on March 12, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Bachmann’s politics are just a matter of faith

Bull. Bachman talks issues with the best of em.

if her peers don’t see her as a leader, why should I?

Bull. Reagan’s peers didn’t see him as a leader either before 1980.

LakeLevel on March 12, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Bachmann is an asset, but not quite there for a Presidential nominee.

Although 28 kids strikes me as executive experience! I couldn’t do it!

jodetoad on March 12, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Bull. Reagan’s peers didn’t see him as a leader either before 1980.

LakeLevel on March 12, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Reagan wasn’t in Congress, either.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 12:26 AM

But if it were between her and Huckabee or her and Romney, she’s got my vote.

Christian Conservative on March 12, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Yeah, she’d have my vote too in that case, but she seems like the person who’s always running over people to get into the picture.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Reagan wasn’t in Congress, either.

Granted. But there is no doubt she is an up and comer. There has been a huge Bachmann derangement syndrome in Minnesota since she was in the state legislator. And still she wins big in a dicey district and raises huge amounts. And you know,the voters don’t seem to mind no executive experience (cough*obama).

LakeLevel on March 12, 2011 at 12:33 AM

There has been a huge Bachmann derangement syndrome in Minnesota since she was in the state legislator. And still she wins big in a dicey district and raises huge amounts. And you know,the voters don’t seem to mind no executive experience (cough*obama).

LakeLevel on March 12, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Yes, Bachmann was telling us over and over and over that she was target number 1 for Nancy Pelosi. And she won by a comfortable margin, so she wasn’t in as much danger as she thought or was letting on.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 12:49 AM

And you know,the voters don’t seem to mind no executive experience (cough*obama).

LakeLevel on March 12, 2011 at 12:33 AM

What choice did they have in 2008? The contest was between a senator and another senator. Electing someone who has NOT served in some executive role is the exception not the rule, esp. in the last 100 years. We’ve only actually elected three senators in that time. History bears out that contemporary voters prefer candidates who have served in some sort of executive capacity — either a former or sitting governor or VP.

NoLeftTurn on March 12, 2011 at 1:15 AM

I think Democrats would love for her to be nominated.

lexhamfox on March 12, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Here’s my thing with Bachmann, which was the same problem I had with McCain…..if her peers don’t see her as a leader, why should I?
.
She stands out among her “peers” who in a lot of cases are of questionable sanity,civility of intelligence.
Some outstanding “peers” are Guam tipping Johnson,Tony”will not shut up weenie,and our two outstanding critters Shelia J,n Maxine, the Drip, Waters.
Now talking about head and shoulders the other side of the spectrum she is way ahead of Chuck the schmuck,or John the Arizona Dodo Bird.
The voters want NEW BLOOD peacefully via the ballot box.
The old guard has it’s shorts in a knot because internally they know the RNC is dead,money went straight to selected candidates and Cornan and company got bypassed.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

but she seems like the person who’s always running over people to get into the picture.

And to deliver serious, to the point messages that the American people need to hear instead of the usual pablum spewed by the professional politicians. It’s amazing at how many on here pretend to be conservatives yet give themselves away by quoting the myths perpetrated by the msm about real conservatives like Bachmann and Palin who are out there fighting the good fight.

peacenprosperity on March 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

peacenprosperity on March 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM
.
I like the part about “give themselves away”,need to really get informed is the main point in all this battle.
Could be trolls from the WH Suskin group.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

And to deliver serious, to the point messages that the American people need to hear instead of the usual pablum spewed by the professional politicians. It’s amazing at how many on here pretend to be conservatives yet give themselves away by quoting the myths perpetrated by the msm about real conservatives like Bachmann and Palin who are out there fighting the good fight.

peacenprosperity on March 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Oh, come on. Even conservatives aren’t immune from criticism. I said she “seems” like a Palin wannabe and “seems” to be a publicity hound.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Could be trolls from the WH Suskin group.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Uh, no.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

as if millions of Palinista voices suddenly cried out in terror and were silenced.

Sorry Allah but it sounds like a little beta male wishcasting there. As a Palin supporter I could switch to Bachman fairly easily. Based on Palin saying that she would decide to run based on whether she saw any other candidates with qualities she supported I could see her throwing her support and her base behind Bachman.

Imagine all the anti-Palin smears that would have to be discarded. The Left would have to work overtime tocome up with new ones. Seems like her Congressional experience should overcome some of the digs about Palin’s inexperience. No 125K of RNC bought clothing, no daughter on Dancing with the Stars, no Katie Couric bad interview, no I see Russia meme. Whatever will the Left do? /s

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

“Bachman/Palin: Because America needs women with balls!”

Justrand on March 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Precisely. SOMEONE needs to step up and tell it loud and often just how screwed we are and who’s doing it to us. The RINOs aren’t. We won’t survive more Carters/Clintons/Obamas. This is it. Unless someone with balls takes hold and draws people with them in the right direction, this once great country is toast. Bankrupt. Not just financially but socially and morally and many other ways. We babyboomers have royally screwed things up (with a little help from our friends in many places) over the years since our coming of age in the 60s. Sad legacy. Yes, it began before we got on the scene but we compounded the felonies. Someone with plain talk and guts can do wonders. Like Reagan did. If that falls on Palin/Bachmann, so be it. I’d bet they’d do US proud.

Roger Brown on March 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Whatever will the Left do? /s

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Come up with new ones. They’ll do that regardless.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

But they’ve invested so much time in the Palin bashes.

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

But they’ve invested so much time in the Palin bashes.

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

They’ll bash whomever they perceive to be a threat. And let’s face it, Bachmann is even more ripe for parody than Palin is. It would be merciless.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

That is true – we haven’t started getting the same foaming at the mouth diatribes about Huckabee or Romney. Personally I never understood why Huck’s preacher status didn’t warrent major fits about Bible-thumping from the Left. I do recall plenty of snarks about the Mormon undergarments but the MSM even felt those were unacceptable.

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Personally I never understood why Huck’s preacher status didn’t warrent major fits about Bible-thumping from the Left. I do recall plenty of snarks about the Mormon undergarments but the MSM even felt those were unacceptable.

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Because everyone knew that Huckabee wasn’t getting anywhere near the nomination.

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

ddrintn on March 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Gee – haven’t I seen numerous polls right here on HA revelng about how Huck’s numbers are higher than Palin’s?

katiejane on March 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM

“Bachman/Palin: Because America needs women with balls!”

Justrand on March 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I prefer Palin/Bachmann because Palin has been a chief executive and been tempered in the fires of political hell. Bachmann would be a terrific next-in-line.

SKYFOX on March 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM

“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. ”

“I’m thankful that you are the first in the nation state because you are the liberty state,” Bachmann said. “That is your charge. You keep that baton of liberty. You’ve done it very well for almost 20 generations from the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and I’m sure the very first one came up to New Hampshire and said, ‘This is where I want to be.’”

-SUPERGENIUS BACHMANN DISPLAYING SUPERGENIUSNESS

Dave Rywall on March 12, 2011 at 9:18 PM

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