As Rep. Michele Bachmann winds up her career as a tea party favorite from Minnesota’s 6th District, she’s contemplating the future and considering a post-Congress “Newt Gingrich-like model,” reports the Washington Post.
The paper calls her a “pint-size ball of tea party energy,” and followed her around St. Cloud on a goodbye tour in the district. After eight years in Congress and a run in 2012 for the presidency, she’s not seeking re-election next month.
Says the paper:
Now she’s leaving Congress with a thin legislative record but armed with plans to remain in a spotlight that once shone blindingly upon her.
And that, she told them, might include emulating Gingrich:
Bachmann says the model laid out by former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in his post-congressional life is a “great example” of what she’d like to do: some time as a talking head, a position at a think tank (preferably having something to do with foreign policy), premium speaking fees and maybe a book or two. But it’s no easy task becoming the next Newt Gingrich. Just ask him.
“I have no idea what the ‘next’ Newt Gingrich would even sound like, so who knows if she can do that?” Gingrich said in a phone interview. “I know I’m having a hard enough time figuring out what this Newt Gingrich should sound like.”
Bachmann continues to have many supporters, including some who’d like to see her make a second run for president. But Ed Rollins, who, for a while ran her presidential campaign, isn’t so sure. He told the paper: “She’s kind of become damaged goods. The serious people are not going to take her seriously.”