U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will tour the crucial Republican primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina after rolling out her presidential campaign in Iowa next week, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The L.A. Times also notes that her planned announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday will mark the entry of the first woman into the 2012 presidential race. She also plans to hold a party in Iowa on Sunday night that will be open to the public.
For those keeping track, a new national Zogby poll now puts the 6th District congresswoman at the top of the 2012 Republican field. Meanwhile, a statewide poll finds her gaining favorability among Minnesotans but still trailing other presidential candidates.
If you're tired of seeing praise heaped upon Bachmann, today might be your lucky day.
Rolling Stone has published a lengthy profile piece on Bachmann, and be forewarned: it's not flattering. To give you a taste, here's how author Matt Taibbi describes the congresswoman in a nutshell: "Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions." And the city of Stillwater: "a Midwestern version of a Currier & Ives set piece, complete with cozy homes, antique stores—and no black people." A number of locals are also quoted in the piece.
Readers who prefer less satirical fare might read Meghan Daum's latest column in the L.A. Times, which actually offers a quite similar take on Bachmann, but with far less invective. Daum predicts that Bachmann will be the candidate of choice for Christian conservatives, and finds her to be a more serious politician than her would-be competitor, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
If you're thirsty for even more Bachmann criticism, The Guardian serves up a column from one of their U.S. correspondants blasting her "anti-gay agenda" and accusing her of "naked prejudice."
Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin is much kinder to Bachmann, but says the candidate needs to reinforce her newfound credibility by crafting a serious policy agenda and proving that she can appeal to more than just the Republican base. Rubin predicts that Bachmann might have the clearest path to the Republican nomination, despite her perceived underdog status.