From politicalticker at CNN:
At a time when the former Alaska governor appears to be shrinking from the spotlight, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is stepping up as yet another favorite daughter of the conservative movement.
In recent television appearances, political activities and speaking engagements, Bachmann has matched Palin’s slams against President Obama and garnered seemingly equal affection from conservative activists.
But it remains to be seen whether embarrassing and highly publicized gaffes will affect her presidential chances.
On Saturday, the Minnesota Republican was in full swing: speaking at a high school academy in Manchester, headlining a fundraiser in Nashua for the New Hampshire GOP, and capping her day at a Tea Party-type event in Barrington.
At the Nashua fundraiser, protesters crashed the carefully choreographed event. And at the earlier engagement in Manchester, Bachmann said of New Hampshire, “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.”
The Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 were fought in Massachusetts.
In the YouTube-era, those kinds of embarrassing moments can be replayed over and over with potentially damaging effect. Especially given other gaffes from Bachmann. She recently raised eyebrows over comments on the nation’s founding fathers and slavery. And she was mocked for appearing to look off camera during her post-State of the Union Tea Party response.
“We’ve talked a lot, already this morning, about your great state motto: ‘live free or die,’” Bachmann said at the beginning of her Nashua speech. “And it causes me to think also about the motto of the state of Virginia: ‘Death to tyrants!’”
From there, Bachmann – who is chair of the House Tea Party Caucus – repeated many of her oft-stated, Tea Party-rhetoric-laced slams. She continued her call for the repeal of “Obamacare,” railed against the tax code and federal spending, even repeated a controversial line against the president.
“I said that we have a ‘gangster government’ running the show down in Washington, D.C. And I don’t step back from that statement,” Bachmann said at the fundraiser. “Because this is an administration that is intent on taking from its opponents – and giving to its friends. There’s a lot in common with a lot of Chicago’s history in this administration.”
Obama was not the only president to receive criticism. Bachmann even lashed out at the last Republican to hold the office.
While talking about the federal deficit, Bachmann said: “As you know, this year alone, the deficit will be $1.65 trillion. This is remarkable. Under the big-spending George Bush – and he was a big spender. I respect our president. But he was a big spender.[...]“
At least one prominent Tea Party leader is encouraging Bachmann to run for president, while not mentioning Palin.
Though not an official endorsement, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips wrote in a message to supporters: “at this point, this movement is going to have to choose a standard bearer for the White House in 2012. It may be a little early to choose that person now, but it is not too early for us to encourage good conservatives to get into the race.”
“Run Michele, RUN!” Phillips wrote.
Here’s a closeup of the WWRRD charm. Spinny Liberal suggested WWJD, but I don’t think the present hypocritical Rethugs look to Jesus for guidance; they look to their own sanitized, new and improved, and highly fictionalized version of Saint Ronald Reagan. By the way, the charm is available in rhinestones…
…or in red, white, and blue…
Raisinettes know that I’m all about accessorizing! :D