U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann plans to "formally roll out" her presidential bid on Monday, the Washington Post reports.
Although the 6th District congresswoman already announced that she , she plans to kick off her campaign in earnest during an appearance in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.
Bachmann appears to be counting on a strong showing in Iowa to help boost her campaign, though the Des Moines Register says her late start relative to the other candidates might put her at a disadvantage. Compared to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Bachmann has thus far devoted less time and fewer resources to the state. USA Today says Bachmann and Pawlenty have more at stake in Iowa than other GOP candidates, and the New York Times says Bachmann's status as a top-tier candidate is more fragile than it might seem.
The Times also looks at Bachmann's history as a mother and foster parent, and says those experiences weighed heavily on her ambitions for higher office. The article, filed from Stillwater, includes quotes from neighbors and local officials.
News of Bachmann's big announcement in Waterloo is sure to be greeted with enthusiasm by her tea party fans, but the Los Angeles Times reports that some liberal activists are also welcoming her entry into the race. According to a poll taken at last weekend's Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, progressives think Bachmann and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are the two easiest candidates for President Obama to beat in 2012.
It seems like only yesterday that Bachmann hired a new campaign manager who, within hours of taking the job, promptly set about . Conservative news site Newsmax says Bachmann's campaign has a newfound discipline and is taking great strides to avoid any gaffes—either from Bachmann or her campaign staff—that might hurt her momentum.
Finally, is the color of Bachmann's lip gloss worthy of discussion in the press? A columnist for U.S. News and World Report apparently thinks so. In a post seemingly designed to tempt allegations of sexism, writer Paul Bedard delves into the fashion sense of Bachmann's "uniquely feminine bid for the presidency." MPR's Bob Collins ladles out a healthy dose of ridicule on Bedard's musings.