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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Michele Bachmann for president. Seriously?!

By Jonathan Capehart

Um, so, y'all know how talk of Sarah Palin running for president can send me into sputtering conniptions? Well, someone has just popped up to share the pedestal with her: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). I'm not kidding.

The Star Tribune reports that Bachmann's staff confirmed an earlier ABC News report that she is considering a 2012 bid. "[N]othing is off the table," said press aide Sergio Gor. Bachmann herself addressed this issue with the Star Tribune. "I'm continuing speaking out on the issues just as I have for the last few years," she told the newspaper. "Part of that will include going to Iowa and some of the caucus states. My commitment level remains the same, and that's to making sure that President Obama doesn't have a second term." Well, she does have extra time on her hands, since the Republican leadership blocked her from becoming House GOP caucus chair.


The Tea Party princess (Mama Grizzly is the Tea Party queen) must be off her rocker if she thinks she's presidential timber. Has neither she nor her staff watched her wacky appearances on "Hardball with Chris Matthews"? On the other hand, seeing how Palin and Bachmann compete against each other for the attention and affections of the conservative base might change my movie analogy of them from "Thelma and Louise" to "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 5, 2011; 4:33 PM ET
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Capehart doesn't like Bachmann because she is a woman.

Posted by: BradG | January 5, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

A certified loon. I wish she would run!

Posted by: Victoria27 | January 5, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann is an acomplished PERSON who has proven her value in the house and on the national scene. Unlike the prez with no governing experience who has made a mess of the country in two very looooong years Mrs Bachmann offers solutions and experience and has a thick skin. She could be terrific as the next president in 2012! Where do I send money for her campaign? and where can I get a bunper sticker?

Posted by: megang2dau | January 5, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

megang, do you wish to elaborate on any solutions she offers? I mean, real ones, not imaginery. This woman is makes palin look sane. Doesn't say much for the voters in her district that she won reelection. In fact, at a reunion a few months ago, I asked a classmate, who lives near Minneapolis, about her. Her response was, "Who?"

Posted by: mikel7 | January 5, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Michele for Prez? maybe of a high-school and then i doubt it.

She's been voted by both the majority AND minority staffers on the hill as one of the most belligerent and least informed member of Congress; and someone who's not willing to listen.
Why would anyone think those qualities would make her good for the leader of the free world.

And to my fellow Republican / Conservative collegues, just because President Obama wasn't executively qualified (and barely is today) to be President, doesn't mean that we should run someone like him. We need to select someone who has the skills, knowledge and experience to be President (especially more than 2 years as Gov and then quitting or a former tax attorney turned congresswoman). Lets get someone who can really show a positive contrast vs the Dem's nominee, not "well, their at least not as bad as..."

Posted by: MadiganT | January 5, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan you're piling on.
If Bachmann thinks she can win the nomination then she's the only one. You and I and everyone knows it ain't gonna happen. So the comments seem a little snarky.

I don't know why she gets bug-eyed when looking straight at a camera but when she gives a normal speech her eye lids don't pull up. Really, who cares?

Posted by: slatt321 | January 5, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Capehart doesn't like Bachmann because she is a woman.

Posted by: BradG |

Gimme a break, bozo.

Posted by: oberle1 | January 5, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I saw her "interview" with Matthews and I thought it was great. He kept trying to throw her off track and she reciprocated by throwing him the same talking points - she was celebrating her election victory. So, you can think what you want, was she the fool, or was he. Personally, when Matthews admits that Obama gives him tingles, I think he's the fool. No politician should do that to you if you are a professional in the media business. Don't know enough about her to determine if she's presidential material, but at this point comparing her credentials to Obama's from 4 years ago, why doesn't she have the credentials?

Posted by: termiteavenger | January 6, 2011 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Comon bachmann with that look as she reaches for the button launching everything,,feel the rapture

Posted by: schmidt1 | January 6, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Bachman for President and Palin or Noem for Vice President in 2012. Here you 3 individuals that have the values, morals and patriotism of the majority of Americans and they all believe that the United States is a nation "Under God". Experience? they are all a step ahead of our current president as they have all run something, and they all have common sense which is something totally lacking in the current administration. And last but not least none of the three are going to bow or back down to any other national leaders. All three are proud of this country and are going to do what is best for the people that are willing to work with them to make this country great again. Let the girls bring things back in 2012.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | January 6, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Oh please folks...don't even respond to those who say that either Ex-Governor Palin or Rep. Bachmann are qualified to become President. They are the same 20% who still feel that Pres. Bush did a good job. Let them go on their way, humming and whistling. They're not doing any harm!

Posted by: cmarston99 | January 6, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but as a Republican long-timer, neither woman moves me to even "think" of supporting them. One seems short on knowledge, and the other on sanity. It comes to mind, "good luck if you can do it", and I seriously hope you cannot.

Posted by: LongRanger1 | January 6, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Capehart doesn't like Bachmann because she is a woman.

Posted by: BradG |

BradG doesn't like Capehart because he is a woman.

The rest of you wingnuts oogling Palin and Bachman, while typing with one hand, get a grip. Really...a firm grip.

Posted by: UncommonCommoner | January 6, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Capehart doesn't like Bachmann because she is a woman.

Posted by: BradG |

BradG doesn't like Capehart because BradG is a woman.

The rest of you wingnuts oogling Palin and Bachman, while typing with one hand, get a grip. Really...a firm grip.

Posted by: UncommonCommoner | January 6, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Not in this universe.

Posted by: bamabroad | January 6, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

LongRanger1, I grew up in a Republican household and always considered myself as a Republican until Candidate-for-president McCain brought Ms. Palin onto his ticket in 2008. At that point, it became obvious that the GOP had lost all common sense. I'm still registered as a Republican but who knows what the future will bring.....

Posted by: cmarston99 | January 6, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

A block-buster ticket for Republicans in 2012...Romney/Bachmann.

Posted by: adamscar | January 6, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; all,

neither Gov. Palin or Ms Bachmann is ACTUALLY running for POTUS in 2012
NEITHER will be the TEA PARTY/GOP candidate.

but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE spend a great deal of LEFTIST organizations/DIMocRATS time, effort & $$$$$$$$$ on tilting at those two "windmills", such that you will have nothing left to try to salvage any faint hope that the DIMocRAT extremists can hold onto the Senate, the WH and/or to try to regain a majority in the HoR.

to all: IF you are as angry & disgusted, as our members are with the mess that BHO, Princess Pelosi, Harry Reid & a host of other DIMocRAT lunatics/extremists/"rulers" have made of our country, join the TEA PARTY in your home city/county/parish & help us return our nation to CONSTITUTIONAL government. you will be warmly welcomed.

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 7, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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