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In surprise move, Michele Bachmann won't seek re-election in her Minnesota distict

Overnight the news broke that U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann has decided against seeking re-election.

She barely won re-election last time. Voters resented her preoccupation with getting national media exposure and her involvement with national conservative think tanks and conferences.

More recently, she had retreated to the concerns and causes of her district, seemingly to avoid another re-election scare.

But, the coming election looked to be no easier, and her Presidential campaign fundraising was under investigation.

Maybe she'll just step back for awhile; maybe she intends to follow the trail carved by the likes of Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell as a pundit on cable TV news (although in the quest for a broader viewership, FOX seems lately to be spurning such pundits).

Perhaps Bachmann's retiring so she can devote all her time to another campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination, but with rising stars in the party (Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz), it's difficult to see how she could wage a more successful campaign.

Here's an initial account about Bachmann's decision...


Posted at 5:32am on May 29, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Wed, May 29, 2013 7:12am
Maybe she wants to spend more time "curing" gays. She's somewhat attractive but no way she can get anybody to change teams.

Maybe she realized nobody's paying any attention to her any more. When Kristen Wiig returned to host SNL and reprised several of her old bits, they did not include Michelle. Letterman has stopped talking about her, too. She was a joke. Now she's nothing.

Notice how much more attention Allan Loudell and other right-wing talk show hosts pay to semi-obscured and failed tea pols than to progressives. They managed to marginalize progressive talk radio and now they marginalize progressive politicians.

Wed, May 29, 2013 7:37am
I've always said that if you're going to run for election or re-election as a Republican you need to know when Elvis's birthday is. Only Democrats are allowed to be stupid.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 29, 2013 8:22am
I agree that Bachmann's done. The nation is a more centerist place, that will lean right on some issues and left on others, but not too far in either direction. The extremes of either seem to be a turn off for the US, thankfully.

Michele Bachmann definitely is far right, also her voice has a "nagging" quality to it [her voice drove me nuts during the debates], thus she'd lose the male vote [who wants to listen to that for four years - heh heh]. Females don't agree with her wanting to ban totally any and all abortions so she'll not get the female vote other than older conservative women who've past menopause. With her so called "pray away gay" thing she surely won't be getting many gay/lesbian votes either. She appears to be one of those far right wingers who hate any and all goverment programs that help folks who need help, so she'd not get the minority voters either, so that leaves her husband and family, and maybe her church who'd vote for her [she's a Wisconsin Synod Lutheran a really conservative branch of Lutheranism and a very small group of American Lutherans], so I'd have to say, she's toast.

I also agree that maybe Fox realized that Palin types don't bring in more viewers and might chase some away. Palin, O'Donnell, and Bachmann lack credibility. What ever happened to female Republicans like Christie Todd Whitman? Surly the GOP has some bright intelligent women who can run for office.

Maybe Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer might fit the Whitman model better. I've not heard much about her, but the little I've heard, she might have more going for her than the rightwing "Barbie's" have had. She actually IS a real governor, who governs and doesn't quit when the job gets tough [think Palin], she's articulate, but may be too far to the right to win a national election. i don't know all of her policies other than she wants tougher immigration enforcement [which I agree with], but you get my point.

Wed, May 29, 2013 9:41am
Most people don't know this but in person Michelle is rather progressive. We joke she is a member of the intelligence committee, but actually she is a thoughtful balanced person. I think it was that the radical conservative image she projected was an act, that her locals knew was totally false, is what killed her. As BillS mentions, the press eats it up, and boy, she sure fed it.

If one can remember this far back, when the '12 campaign opened last season, she won the first of the popularity contests among Republicans by winning the Ames straw poll. Of course, there was some favorite son/ "daughter" politics in that result as well.

This may never come out anywhere else, but there was, inside her campaign, a battle between seizing the opportunity to come at Romney from the left as a more of a moderate, an attempt to be perceived as the most moderate Republican in the field. She chose instead to take the far right tact, in her view because it had been so successful in Washington's inner circle, but soon found the playing field in America is not the same texture as is the one inside the Beltway. She fell flat, and just barely was able to hang onto her district by a handful of votes, even after outspending her opponent by 12 to 1.

These past three months were to be her rallying point, and all her calls got drowned out by other events. Does anyone really care that she put in the first bill of the year to abolish Obamacare? And that is was actually passed by the out of touch Republicans in the House? I think the news from California that Obamacare is going to be the best thing that ever happened to the middle class, told her it was over.

Obamacare incidentally was her coinage. It was originally spoken in a derisive tone, and I just now saw a headline that stated: Republicans Beginning To Regret The Word Choice of "Obamacare"...

Wed, May 29, 2013 9:59am
History has proven this Nation runs best in the Political Center, leaning left or right when needed to meet the needs of the people. Nixon said it best, to win the Party run as far right as you can, to win the Nation race back to center as fast as you can. Michele Bachman gives me the impression she doesn't know which direction the center is.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 29, 2013 10:29am
Kavips: Interesting insight to Michele Bachmann. Shame she drank the TEA and ran so far to the right, if her real beliefs are more towards the middle.

Wed, May 29, 2013 10:34am
History has proven this Nation runs best in the Political Center, leaning left or right when needed to meet the needs of the people. Nixon said it best, to win the Party run as far right as you can, to win the Nation race back to center as fast as you can. Michele Bachman gives me the impression she doesn't know which direction the center is.

Wed, May 29, 2013 10:59am
I disagree with that assessment kavips, how can you be a progressive, thoughtful, balanced person and belong to a Party that believes you are a second class citizen?

Wed, May 29, 2013 11:41am
MFD: Jan Brewer, articulate?!?!
It'd be one thing if she did that during a debate question, but this was the slot for her prepared opening statement!

Wed, May 29, 2013 12:39pm
I am reminded of Pete DuPont, the Delaware Governor who decided to run for president. He ran far to what was then the Right in those. He didn't get more than a handful of votes. There were several reasons why, but the main one was he did not believe what he was saying. He was following Nixon's advice, but you have to sound like you are telling the truth. DuPont could not pull it off. Neither can Michele Bachmann.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 29, 2013 1:33pm
Shawn: Thanks for the link. WOW !! That's worse than the Rick Perry debate foul-ups. Even worse than Sarah Palin.

However, I don't believe that she's not articulate, but it appears, from watching that clip, that Governor Brewer had a serious "senior moment" [brain freeze] right there on live TV. Her mind went blank. She probably wanted the floor to open up so she could fall through, that's embarrassing.

Well.......back to the drawing board for the GOP in searching for a sharp articulate Republican female to put up as a candidate against Hillary in 2016. Of course that's assuming Hillary even wants to run again for Prez.

JimH: Good point about Pete and Michele.

Wed, May 29, 2013 6:32pm
Yep. Let's stand in the center of the road and get run over.
Forget about standing for principles.

Wed, May 29, 2013 6:54pm
Actually, in the center is where you're less likely to get run over. You get run over in the traffic lanes.

Wed, May 29, 2013 10:11pm
Mike: I predict we will see Perry throwing his hat back into the ring in 2016...maybe this time he won't take any painkillers before a national debate ;) He had serious back pain and to deal with the pain for the debate that had all candidates stand he decided to take medicine to enable standing for the entire debate...not his best performance. However, his state of Texas has continued to do quite well under his governorship...and that is not only due to oil. People are flocking from around the country (especially California) to run their businesses in a friendly atmosphere.
Attached below is yet another example of Texas leading in the right direction and Perry demonstrating leadership.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 29, 2013 10:29pm
EarlGrey: If Rick Perry signs that bill is what the article said. The legislature has done the work so far.

But I get your point. Texas does seem to be doing quite well in many areas, other than in healthcare for its uninsured. Gov. Perry wants to avoid the under funded mandate the Feds are pushing on the states so Texas isn't participating. It will be interesting how that plays out. What I don't know is what percentage of Texas' uninsured are illegals, which may be part of why he doesn't want to participate [not wanting the tax payers of Texas to be paying for healthcare for folks who aren't supposed to be here to start with, but I'm not sure at all about that, just supposing].

Thu, May 30, 2013 2:01am
MFD: I'm still drinking the TEA, will always drink the TEA, and I applaud Texas and Rick Perry for their brand of TEA.

For as long as I shall live, I'll be swimming against the tide.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, May 30, 2013 8:40am
Mrpizza: on many things I could agree with Rick Perry, but the healthcare thing is a diffeent issue. You may not have any health issue [so its not become an issue in a real sense for you], but I know folks who do have health issues and without insurance some of these folks wouldn't be able to afford to pay for their medications [kind of a death panel too].

Gov. Perry has not allowed Texas to participate in the healthcare exchanges so Texas wouldn't have to pay whatever underfunded parts of this, which I can understand, but he doesn't appear to be trying to find some other way to help these folks get health insurance [that might be OK for illegals, but Texas citizens/also Americans should be able to get affordable healthcare insurance].

What's strange about this is Perry has no problem having a dream act for illegals' children [technically, the kids born here are citizens] in Texas, but won't do health insurance for all the other citizens. Almost sounds more like he's doing this, because it's Obama's plan and if that's the case, then that's childish and would make me not want to vote for him, because he's punishing people who need the help only because it was Obama that's providing the coverage [so if it had been Romney or Bush Jr., that would have been OK???].

I'd like to hear more about this, because much of what I've said is pure speculation, so the facts would be nice to know, before we begin the tar and feathering of Rick Perry.

Fri, May 31, 2013 8:53am
Mr. Pizza applauds himself for swimming against the tide. There are some personal attributes there that could be considered redeemable.

However to have a whole nation swimming against the tide of history would lead to our demise.

There is great wisdom in not to implementing the views of Mr. Pizza as our national agenda.

Fri, May 31, 2013 8:57am
And to bmak's comment above...

Sadly, despite as little sense is it might make (JimH points to it as well in Pete DuPont) it gets done far to often... far too often.

Fri, May 31, 2013 9:00am
The real reason for her withdrawl is that her trial date is May 14, 2014. Which means right in the heart of her campaign against Graves again, who almost beat her despite being outspent by a 12-to-1 margin, she will be on the stand, probably pleading the 5th Amendment.... She now only has to defend herself in a courthouse, and not the court of public opinion....

Fri, May 31, 2013 9:02am
As for Rick Perry. I'm hearing a lot from Texans that Rick Perry doesn't speak for them. Enough so I can't seriously accept he could make a dent in the field of presidential contenders, no matter what drugs he takes... Unless it was LSD.. In that case, he would be very entertaining to watch and he just might make some really good points...

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