By T. CHRISTOPHER, Republican Redefined
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann may be flirting with the idea of seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Barack Obama in 2012 for the White House according to ABC News. While many had been speculating that she was weighing the possibility of a run at the Senate, it appears she may have her sights set on a more important gig. According to the ABC report, Bachmann has about $3million in her campaign war chest left over from her re-election bid and plans to head to Iowa for the third time later this month for exploratory meetings. Bachmann, a native Iowan, is also set to deliver the keynote speech at a Tax Relief PAC fundraiser on her visit.
Self-indulgence? Flirting with the idea? Testing the water? Flexing some Conservative muscle?
ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
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.
However, Bachmann’s senior staff did admit the Minnesotan is not ruling out a presidential campaign. “Nothing is off the table,” Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish told ABC News when asked whether the Iowa trip signaled Bachmann’s intent to run for president. “The congresswoman is excited about her first trip to Iowa this year.”
So what do we make of this development? I’d say not much of anything at this point. There is certainly no shortage of people flirting with the idea of a primary run, so it would be a bit premature to assume that these “revelations” are any more a sign that she will run than were the efforts at fact-finding of the other 30 or so hopefuls. At this point, every Republican who has ever stepped foot in the Hawkeye State is on the ever-growing shortlist.
I have to admit though that the thought of Bachmann throwing her hat in the ring is rather intriguing. She is Sarah Palin without all the baggage and with a little more polish. She’s a pit-bull that would certainly strike fear in every wishy-washy moderate that may be considering a run at the nomination. Put her on the stage with any of them and wait for the fireworks.
That said, I am inclined to believe that if Bachmann is feeling out the Iowa Caucus she is doing so solely for future purposes. She may fancy herself a VP selection down the road and she may genuinely make a run at it in 2016 or 2020, but I sincerely doubt that she is ready and willing to make the jump at this point. A poor showing could forever hurt her chances at a more serious run. But we shall see. It is shaping up to be the most unconventional GOP primary of this Conservative’s lifetime, so I guess nothing is really out of the question.
Parting question: I wonder what Sarah Palin thought or had to say when she heard this news????? Who wouldn’t love to have been a fly on that wall? What if Pence AND Bachmann enter this race? Gov Palin would have a pretty hard time justifying a “need” for a “strong conservative” in this race with those two in the fold… Just a thought.
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