It’s Michele Bachmann week in Time magazine.
She’s among the candidates pictured on the cover on this week’s edition (dated June 27 on the newsstands) for a story about whether Republican insiders or outsiders have a better chance of beating President Obama. Tim Pawlenty’s face is on the cover, too. Both are mentioned in the story.
But Bachmann is also on page 11 of the issue, the lead quotation in the Briefings Verbatim list:
“I want to announce tonight President Obama is a one-term President.”
-Michele Bachmann, Republican presidewntial hopeful and Tea Party favorite, during the first major GOP debate of the 2012 campaign.
And on page 16 of the magazine, she’s the focus of Mark Halperin’s “The Big Questions:”
Why has she suddenly become the It candidate? …Her advisors “sanded down some of her rough edges but let Bachmann be Bachmann, complete with zinging anti-Obama applause lines and sunny-side-up conservatism.”
Does she have a shot at the nomination? “Not a great shot, but a real one.”
And what does she need to do now? “…Most of all: avoid the kinds of gaffes, misstatements, self–promotional moments and wacky behavior that would cause the media and many traditional Republicans to — once again — write her off.”