Bachmann announces bid for 4th House term

posted at 10:25 am on January 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In the end, Michele Bachmann provided no surprises in her post-presidential bid path:

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House following her failed presidential bid.

Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with The Associated Press. The Republican congresswoman had been mum on her plans since folding her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.

“I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann will be a formidable candidate in Minnesota’s 6th District, where other Republican hopefuls had stood aside until she made a decision on running for re-election. She is a potent fundraiser, but faces uncertainty over how her Republican-leaning district will be reshaped by redistricting.

Bachmann won her last re-election bid against well-known Taryl Clark by twelve points, so redistricting is probably not a big concern for Bachmann.  Minnesota’s Congressional allocation did not change in the last census, although it only narrowly avoided losing a district.  The redistricting plan will likely shift the margins around a little, perhaps moving a few precincts of very liberal MN-05 (Keith Ellison’s district) into MN-06, but it’s doubtful that MN-06 will change dramatically enough to endanger Bachmann in 2012.

Besides, Bachmann raised her stature considerably during the presidential campaign.  She now has a broader base for fundraising, which builds on what had already been a strength for her in the past.  While her hyperbole on Gardasil hurt her in the campaign (and will almost certainly be revisited by the DFL in the district), her overall performance dispelled the “crazy eyes” image that the media had imposed on her during her rise in the House and with Tea Party grassroots.  Bachmann ended up presenting the most effective debate attacks on Rick Perry and then later Newt Gingrich, and was a formidable force in those encounters throughout the race.

Some had speculated that Bachmann would run against Amy Klobuchar for the US Senate.  Bachmann wisely understood that her strength in MN-06 does not translate statewide, a lesson that her predecessor Mark Kennedy learned the hard way against Klobuchar in 2006.  Bachmann might decided to take on Al Franken in 2014, but for now she has a pretty clear path to return to Congress and continue being a representative for the Tea Party agenda.  Expect Democrats to spend a lot of money in MN-06 for this reason, and expect it to be a waste of time, cash, and effort, as it was in 2008 and 2010.

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What did she accomplish during her presidential bid, other than to go after and help ruin the chances of two decent candidates, two candidates who might have had a shot of beating Obama. Tim and Rick might have had a shot.

arizonateacher on January 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Her presidential bid was actually a book tour. A reality tv show and foxnews stint will be next.

monalisa on January 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

There’s not much hope for her as a senator in Minnesota until the soros-installed vote machine secretary of state is eliminated.

Good luck, Mrs Bachmann.

Western_Civ on January 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

No kidding. Mark Ritchie has GOT to go. He’s costing us elections that we would win if things were fair. (See Franken and Dayton as examples)

Othniel on January 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Why anyone thought a House member could run for POTUS is beyond me. How does it escape ones notice that this hasn’t been done in 100 years?

We truly are a stupid party.

Citizen-003528 on January 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

No kidding. Mark Ritchie has GOT to go. He’s costing us elections that we would win if things were fair. (See Franken and Dayton as examples)

Othniel on January 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

When is his term up and is there a decent GOP candidate to take him on?

karenhasfreedom on January 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM

She should run for Senate, like Frothy Mixture so the whole state can vote for her.

borntoraisehogs on January 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Let her eat cake Gardasil.

Archivarix on January 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Yes, she overreached on Gardasil. That some found her comment so toxic, I just don’t understand. But compare her with our ‘Final Four’ (or ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’?) who we have now.

Bachmann has less baggage and better policy positions than each of the survivors.

Being a conservative woman, her gaffes were inflated to fatal proportions by the media. Everyone has their verbal mistakes, but hers incurred the ultimate primary price. And when Perry got in, out of ignorance she was quickly brushed aside.

Good luck Michelle. Looking forward to big things from you in the future.

shinty on January 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

The thing about Bachmann is she means what she says and she keeps her campaign promises. She sure looks better as time goes on.

She fell for some old tricks, and didn’t catch on fast enough as she generated sound bites. What took her out was a lot lot less than what took out Perry or Cain

Hope she wins. Honest brokers are rare indeed

She would be a dynamic Senator although the party would hate her, which is all good to me. Maybe one day

entagor on January 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

We can depend on her to cast conservative votes.

faraway on January 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM




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