The UK’s “Independent” newspaper covered U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s speech Friday at the Oxford Union, and pronounced it, apparently much to the reporter’s surprise, “a statesmanlike lecture.”
The story (h/t to Blois Olson) says that Bachmann, the former U.S. presidential candidate and “Queen of the Tea Party,” laid claim to be the political heir to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Said the story:
The Minnesota Congresswoman, who has not ruled out another tilt for the Republican nomination in 2016, has become notorious for adopting positions so outlandish they make mainstream conservatives weep.
… So when Mrs Bachmann swept into Oxford’s debating chamber on Friday afternoon, her student audience anticipated that the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus would add to her cache of outrageous statements and wacky theories.
Not so. She instead, the story says,
…used the occasion to relaunch herself as a credible leader with intellectual pretensions.
…Keeping her “batshit button” carefully hidden, Mrs Bachmann embarked on a statesmanlike lecture titled: “Seeds of Progress: The struggle between innovation and bureaucracy.”
The reporter concludes:
Whilst Bachmann revelled in her distinguished surroundings the lustre appears be coming off the Tea Party star. The movement is in retreat and Republican managers are eyeing-up Presidential candidates who can appeal to an ethnically-diverse electorate.