The inside dope on Bachmann’s decline

Robert Costa of National Review has analyzed Michele Bachmann’s fall from her brief moment among the top tier Repub candidates. His piece is a classic of a certain sort. His sources are all unnamed present and former Bachmann campaign employees. Transparently, each believes that the key moment of downfall occurred when Bachmann failed to take the source’s advice on where to go, what to say, what to wear, even how to stage her entrance onto a stage in her hometown on the fateful — oh, so tragically fateful — day that Rick Perry got into the race in the same town on the same day.

Apparently, running for president has nothing to do with what the candidate says or does or has not done or whether anything she says ever makes sense or checks out on any substantive issue facing the nation.

That’s a relief.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/11/2011 - 02:21 pm.

    This is why we need a constitutional amendment to allow for strict limitations both on the length of national political campaigns and to require ONLY very limited public financing,…

    thereby placing all candidates on an equal footing and offering them ONLY enough financing to clearly express their ideals, their ideas for policies based on those ideals, and the effects they hoped to create with those policies.

    Of course the fabulously wealthy folks who are attempting to takeover our nation and government at every level will howl that we are taking away their “freedom” to do so,…

    and the entire national and local media enterprise would be RABIDLY OPPOSED to such an approach. Why would they care enough about the well being of the nation or their local populace to be in favor of such limited electioneering when they’re making Billions off the way things work now.

    But we REALLY need to get our elections to look less like the over-hyped play-by-play of a soccer match or the breathlessly-delivered news of the latest starlet’s or starling’s disappearance or other crisis,…

    and more like serious news which is likely to affect the lives of our nation’s citizens for good or for ill, for a long time to come.

    As the best business management books all say: if we don’t change the system itself, we’re just going to keep getting exactly the same results we’re getting now, no matter who, on whichever side of the aisle, we plug into that system.

  2. Submitted by Clayton Haapala on 10/11/2011 - 04:33 pm.

    But none of those unnamed sources said, “Well, you never thought the GOP would let a woman be remain their front-runner, did you? But, she was good at revving up our base.”

    Odd, that.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/11/2011 - 05:51 pm.

    La Bachmann IS the inside dope.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/11/2011 - 10:01 pm.

    Bachmann could be exposed as a crack dealer and she’d STILL make a better POTUS than the empty suit who’s there now.

  5. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 10/12/2011 - 07:36 am.

    I’ve always gotten a kick out these campaign people who refuse to acknowledge that they candidate just kinda sucks. The first time I personally saw it was in a documentary back in the late 80s about Ollie North’s run for office. The guy was convicted of lying to congress, and then pardoned. His campaign strategy was to deny he’d ever been convicted… so lied about lying. And of course as a Republican he didn’t actually have any ideas aside from bashing Democrats. So he lost big… and the campaign manager says at the end of the documentary: “We shoulda gone negative” as if that would changed the outcome. Backmann and Pawlenty are duds, no it’s the strategy it’s the candidate stupid.

  6. Submitted by frank watson on 10/12/2011 - 10:23 am.

    Apparently, running for president has nothing to do with what the candidate says or does or has not done or whether anything she says ever makes sense or checks out on any substantive issue facing the nation.

    Eric, your last paragraph pretty much sums up our current person in the White House.

  7. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 10/13/2011 - 07:32 am.

    It’s funny when people come here and try to spin stuff against Obama.

  8. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/13/2011 - 07:07 pm.

    Going off topic seems to be a Republican trait.

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