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Will Bachmann run again? Pros and cons

Michele Bachmann hugging her mother Jean after announcing she is dropping out of the race on Wednesday.
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Michele Bachmann hugging her mother Jean after announcing she is dropping out of the race on Wednesday.
David FitzSimmons
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David FitzSimmons

David FitzSimmons, the chairman of the 6th District GOP, said he imagines Bachmann will run for re-election to her House seat and successfully retain it. Her presidential bid, though unsuccessful, is unlikely to affect her political prospects in a House race.

Larry Sabato
centerforpolitics.org
Larry Sabato

“She's very controversial, and other Republicans would make much stronger nominees when, say, Al Franken comes up in 2014,” Sabato said.

FitzSimmons disagrees, pointing to the tight state-wide races of the last two election cycles.

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I've gotta say this is starting to look like an addiction. Neither Bachmann or her campaign were ever truly relevant. She hasn't talked to anyone in over two days, her campaign has folded like tent in a blizzard, and she would never have gotten more than 5% of a vote outside her weird Republican district in any event. She doesn't even show up to vote anymore in the House. Yet, there no fewer than 4 headlines about her on the Minnpost home page.

I have had a Perry-like epiphany in the past 24 hours.

(1) M. Bachmann has embedded herself in our society like an antibiotic-resistant infection. The obsession (some might say horrified fascination) with her continues apace.

(2) Even an egocentric crusader needs a breather sometimes.

(3) I predict she will take that break. Work on convincing her supporters (past and present) that she really, really loves Minnesota after all, and that her heart belongs to us. Hard to say what one does with Bachmann heart, but there you have it.

(4) She needs to assess where the multiple landmines lie and how to defuse them. Also where the CD6 boundaries will shake out.

(5) She cannot beat McCollum. She cannot beat Klobuchar. She thinks she can beat Franken, because that's how she rolls. But Al has grown in wisdom and stature, and doggone it, people like him.

(6) She needs to tote up how many corporations (umm, people....I meant people) will pony up big bucks for her next grand political adventure. I suspect she make have work out her welcome, but people (umm, I mean corporations) are predictably unpredictable.

(7) In light of all of the above, she will do the lecture/book circuit for the next year or so, honing her "Obama is evil" rhetoric, and pretending that anything other than wicked gays and precious fetuses matter at all. "She" will write another book.

(8) She will run again because perceived political power is addictive. That is, unless she becomes a patient at the Marcus Bachmann clinic and prays it away. More tedious work for her creator.

Like Palin, I doubt that she would take the pay cut that would result from being elected to a public office.
She'll make more money on the 'lecture' circuit peddling herself and her book.

Paul Udstrand nailed it.

The Star Tribune is totally obsessed with her too. Last night's headline was "Bachmann's future plans a mystery" or similar. If the plans are a mystery, there's no story. If there's no story, there shouldn't be an article.

I fully expect her to take a lucrative Fox News job where she can get paid to make things up.

Bachmann won't be able to run for office in Minnesota again. Out of desperation for votes she declared she is an Iowan. Iowans shouldn't have anything to do with Minnesota politics. It is our gain and Iowas loss. Words have consequences and these are Bachmann's undeniable words. Good luck Iowa.

"M. Bachmann has embedded herself in our society like an antibiotic-resistant infection."

Yes, I suppose that's one way to look at it. Another might be that she's an innoculation that protects society against outbreaks of leftist infection.

I don't know if Rep. Bachmann will choose to run for CD6 again, but really, you're kidding yourselves if you think she won't keep that seat for as long as she wants it.

I do find it kind of ironic that Betty McCollum, a cardboard cutout who has in 12 years managed to pass 1 inconsequential piece of legislation finds herself pitted against a firecracker like Bachmann.

Thomas, was that metaphor meant to be ironic? It would seem that the Bachmann-innoculation has the same effect on American political discourse as Bachmann believes real vaccinations have on patients.

@6, I suppose that would depend on what CD6 might look like in the every near future.

Bachmann is addicted to attention. She's well aware of her parallels with Palin, and is smart enough to avoid the trap of obvious self-gratification that led to Palin's political demise.

She's had a thorough exposure to the benefits of wealth. She also needs - and feeds on - adulation. I'll bet she heads into the overtly religious side. This will fit very neatly with her insistence that a theocracy is right, just, and inevitable.

Mac Hammond, pastor of that mega- "prosperity gospel" church alongside, if not in, her 6th District, should be ready to retire. Given the right terms, the Bachmanns could buy him out.

This would give them the money, the platform, and the possible future springboard to fit in with their needs for relevance, income, and continued support from their fundamentalist base.

As with Newt Gingrich, it's not so much the actuality as it is the threat of holding future office that feeds our fascination.

#2, Barbara, fantastic. Antibiotic resistant indeed. Its seems the more irrelevant she becomes the more desperate the media are to keep her in the news. One thing however, a number of people keep suggesting that she'll have some kind of career at a commentator or author. Her book was unmitigated flop. Her confrontations with children and other made the rounds on YouTube but if you look at those you'll notice that there if virtually no crowd. I don't think she's got what it takes to be a successful female Republican commentator, she's too obnoxious, and nowhere near clever enough.

MB's supporters don't give a rats ass what Team Obama media jackals think about MB's chances or what advice MB should take. Her supporters will easily re-elected her in MN if she cares to run again.

She stated clearly that she would not run for her house seat if her campaign failed, but being who she is, that statement means nothing. Thankfully, her campaign is nothing now too. Her presence on the scene was, at best, a bit of comedy. In reality, it is a demonstration of one persons love of attention presented as "public serevice." Her goal, in her own mind, was the sort of dictatorial power that only God's representatives have the right to exercise, for the good of all. And this is the crux of what is wrong with her and all the other neo-con conservatives: they want to insert their moral facade into my life, which is the antithesis of the "freedom" they claim to champion. Goodbye Mikki, too bad you were ever around, wasting good oxygen.

In 2011, Minnesotans paid not only Bachmann's $174,000 salary, but also $629,532 for her "staff salaries." In return for this, she skipped more votes in Congress than she cast. How would you, as an employer, feel about an employee with that kind of record? And is there any conceivable reason why we should hire her again in November? (Well, apart from whatever cachet we may glean from having a national embarrassment 'represent' us.)