Bachmann Daily Beat: A Hard Road Ahead?

A daily roundup of news and commentary on U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Over the past several weeks, 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has undergone a remarkable transformation from a noted political gadfly to a serious and leading contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

A new Star Tribune poll shows Bachmann with a huge lead in Iowa.

But the New Republic (a left-leaning publication) says things are likely to get more difficult for Bachmann from here on out:

[N]ow that Bachmann is the real deal, her candidacy is about to endure its toughest moments yet—including intensified scrutiny of her background and character (which is already very much under way), unrealistic expectations for her candidacy, a possible existential threat from Governor Rick Perry, and GOP elite misgivings about her electability.

On that note, four days after reports surfaced of Bachmann's debilitating migraine headaches, pundits are still debating whether voters should be concerned. Herman Cain joined several other GOP presidential hopefuls in declaring Bachmann's migraines a "non-issue" Thursday—leaving Tim Pawlenty as the only candidate who has said otherwise.

Meanwhile, a New York Times opinion piece from a fellow migraine sufferer says the real issue is what kind of medication Bachmann is taking to control her condition. And an editorial in the Chicago Tribune calls the original Daily Caller article that raised the whole issue of Bachmann's migraines a "cheap shot" against the candidate.

With growing speculation that Texas Gov. Rick Perry may join the 2012 Republican race, a prominent GOP fundraiser penned an op-ed piece for Politico dissing Bachmann's record and proffering Perry as an equally conservative but more experienced alternative.

I think we all knew this was coming: a group of costumed gay rights activists stormed the Bachmann family's Christian counseling clinic in Lake Elmo on Thursday and unleashed the latest in a string of "glitter bomb" attacks. (Read an explanation of glitter bombing here.) Deeming themselves "gay barbarians"—a riff on husband Marcus Bachmann's one-time reference to homosexuals as "barbarians" who "need to be educated"—the group recorded their exploits with photos and video.

(For those not familiar with the controversy, Marcus Bachmann, Michele's husband, runs a counseling business that offers "reparative therapy," whereby counselors attempt to "convert" homosexuals to heterosexuality. The practice has been widely discredited among psychologists.)

Finally, a Wall Street Journal guest columnist says the media wrongfully tried to slap an "anti-Catholic" label on Bachmann because of her association with a controversial church.

Bill July 24, 2011 at 02:41 PM
It will not be long until she is exposed. Her complete lack of knowledge about historical events is pathetic. She can throw ridiculous statements out there and then retract them under fire and think everything is fine. However, do you not think her Republican and Democratic foes have been filing video (a simple search of YouTube reveals over 7600) of all of her antics? Also, what about her record. Only two pieces of legislation that SHE has written have passed. One was to honor Minnesota's 150th anniversary which she could not even get passed until 3 weeks after the fact.
Renny Wilson July 24, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Funny. You can replace Bachmann with Obama in almost all of the rants. Obama cannot speak without a well prepared speech and multiple teleprompters. He speaks of his religion, green energy, save mother earth. The part about passing legislation would be a problem for Obama. I don't think voting present would cut the mustard. I really find it amazing the seething comments about her. Cut down anyone that your scared of. Your rhetoric is old. You used it on Ford, Reagan, Quayle (Potato, in case you forgot), and George W was so stupid that he was able to pull off the biggest scam on the American people, WMD's. He had them all believing it. So go ahead and call her a stupid God fearing women. We wouldn't expect anything less. One more thing. Obama increased the debt by 30% to 40%. GDP down. Unemployment UP. Food Stamps UP. He accomplished this by spending only 4 Trillion dollars. Oh My Gosh. This man is a Genius. I wonder what other surprises we have in store from the great community organizer. I hope he has time for us little people. I need a teachable moment from the great one that is doing a fantastic job!!!!!
Edward July 25, 2011 at 12:06 AM
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-bachmann-strikes-pawlenty-20110724,0,5321235.story?track=rss While Rome burns, Pawlenty and Bachmann are mud wrestling ?
Jeremy Rohr July 25, 2011 at 03:07 AM
I think they call it a campaign Renee. As someone who will be involved in the process of selecting the Republican candidate I am interested in seeing how these two "duke it out" and stand up for themselves. Assuming you won't support either (I don't know if you disagree with just Bachmann or all republicans), it's more a spectator sport for you. I'm looking for a republican candidate that will stand up for himself/herself and stand up to the mudslinging that will come in the general campaign. Besides, Bachmann has spoken very strongly about what she would do as president with the current circumstances. I don't think she's left anything too vague.
Edward July 25, 2011 at 03:14 AM
Actually I like it, Jeremy. While they are taking swipes at each other they aren't addressing the real issues. It's fun. Why bother with stuff like the pesky debt ceiling and collapsing dollar? Pass the popcorn!


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