Bachmann Beat: Looking at a Failed Campaign
An aggregated daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Editor's Note: With Bachmann's presidential campaign ended, the Bachmann Beat will continue to run daily through the end of the week before switching to a Monday-only schedule.
With her campaign ended after a resounding defeat in the Iowa caucuses, sixth-district congresswoman Michele Bachmann is getting the post-mortem treatment from the press, with media outlets analyzing what went wrong and why.
Her poll numbers dropped from the controversy that arose after she called the HPV vaccine “potentially a very dangerous drug.” She also faced scrutiny for her geographical and foreign policy errors—saying that Libya was not in Africa, mistakenly stating that Lexington and Concord were in New Hampshire, and wrongly implying that the U.S. has an embassy in Iran.
New York Magazine, tongue only partway in cheek, ascribed Bachmann’s difficulties to her husband’s failure to stand by her side during a campaign pit stop because he was shopping for canine accessories.
“Yesterday when we were out on Main Street in Des Moines, he was out buying doggie sunglasses for our dog Boomer, while we were out visiting all of the many business,” Bachmann said in a speech after the caucuses.
Pundits and politicos are now speculating about whether Bachmann will choose to run for re-election.
She is favored to keep her seat, but Kent Kaiser, a GOP operative, said he thinks she’ll decline to run and will look to establishing a wider national platform—similarly to Sarah Palin’s post-Alaska career.
“I don’t think she’ll run for re-election,” Kaiser said. “She must look at Palin and believe she could be even better in the media, as a kingmaker, and as a speaker.”