WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Michele Bachmann may only be a second-term congresswoman, but she’s already among the 100 most influential American conservatives, according to a British newspaper.
The Daily Telegraph, a right-of-center national paper based in London, is counting down the top 100 U.S. conservatives and liberals this week. Today, they unveiled ranks 80 through 61, placing her at No. 80. Wrote the Telegraph:
“A poor man’s Sarah Palin, the Representative from Minnesota shot from obscurity to notoriety just before the 2008 election when she said on cable television that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were ‘anti-American’ and challenged the media to investigate members of Congress to find out whether they were in favour or against their country. ‘Most Americans are wild about America and they are very concerned to have a president who doesn’t share those values,’ she argued.
“That triggered a wave of cash to fund her opponent the following month but she survived and became a conservative star in the process. A Right-wing crowd pleaser, she has declared herself a ‘fool for Christ,’ is a global warming sceptic and recently said that she wanted Minnesotans ‘armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.’ Senior party officials view her as a loose cannon. She has raised five of her own children and provided foster care for 23 others.”
Her counterpart on the liberal icons list? First Dog Bo, a pup the Telegraph calls “a potent symbol of the uncritical, adoring coverage that the new President has received from the mainstream media.”
Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s name hasn’t appeared on the list as yet, though the top 60 slots have yet to be unveiled.