ABC news says U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann “is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.”
I don’t take it seriously yet; anyone can “seriously weigh” anything. But ABC does document that Bachmann has been making appearances in Iowa, has other Iowa appearances scheduled, and her chief of staff, Andy Parrish, told ABC that “nothing is off the table… The congresswoman is excited about her first trip to Iowa this year.”
(Bachmann’s office did confirm to MinnPost’s Derek Wallbank this morning that she’s looking at a possible presidential run.)
“A source close to the three-term congresswoman said Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month for multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, also is set to deliver a keynote speech at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.”
Over at Talking Points Memo, Eric Kleefeld notes the ABC scooplet and inveighs thusly:
“If true, this would seem to be a serious change of pace from Bachmann’s previous ties to Sarah Palin, who campaigned with her at a high-profile rally this past April. Indeed, the event seemed something like a sneak preview of a Palin-Bachmann ticket.
“Really, if both Palin and Bachmann ran, it would seem like they would be fishing from the same pool of voters. So is a possible Bachmann campaign just a bid for attention as the presidential cycle heats up — or could it be a sign that maybe Palin might not run after all, and a similar politician is looking at just such a contingency?
“And of course, Bachmann’s fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty also appears to be gearing up for a run, which would complicate things even further.
“Keep in mind that the last time Bachmann decided to run for a higher office — going from state Senate to the U.S. House in 2006 — she said that she and her husband fasted for three days, praying for confirmation from God that He was indeed calling them to do it.
“As Bachmann told a friendly mega-church crowd during that campaign: ‘And after — along about the afternoon of day two — He made that calling sure.'”