WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann plans to form and lead a “Constitutional Conservative Caucus” in the 112th Congress, she announced today — in addition to continuing as the titular head of the Tea Party in the House.
Bachmann’s comments came in a radio interview with conservative talker Sean Hannity this afternoon.
So what’s the future of the Constitutional Conservatives, vis a vis the Tea Party Group? Well, the two caucuses seem designed to work within the same political spac, given that the founding principles of the Tea Party Caucus included that Congress needs to get back to acting within the limitations placed on it by the Constitution.
“It will be a different caucus focused on defending constitutional conservative principles, by holding regular classes with real experts,” Bachmann spokesman Sergio Gor said. The Tea Party Caucus, he said, will “allow Americans from all over the United States to be able to connect with members of congress without any filter.”
Essentially, the Constitutional Conservatives (ConCons? ConstiCons?) will be a more action-oriented group, while the Tea Partiers remain a largely listening arm.
So that’s what we know. Here’s a bit of idle speculation.
A Fox News blogger’s report that Bachmann would be an “intriguing possibility” as the next head of the House Republican Conference, an official leadership position. The logic:
Over the summer, Bachmann founded the Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill and is a darling of the conservative movement. She’s telegenic, energetic and could have wide support (especially among freshmen) if she decided to seek the post. Plus, many of the tea party-backed members coming to Congress would then have a bona fide representative in the formal leadership structure.