Now that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is officially running for president, MPR ponders whether she can serve her 6th District constituents effectively while she's away on the campaign trail.
Bachmann apparently missed a series of votes during Monday's debate, and the article cites a congressional scholar who says the demands of running a presidential campaign make it nearly impossible to fulfill the day-to-day obligations of a legislator. Bachmann says she has no plans to seek re-election to the U.S. House, but both MPR and the Star Tribune note that Bachmann has almost a full year to change her mind.
Meanwhile, accolades continue to pour in for Bachmann's strong showing at Monday's Republican presidential debate. USA Today and the New York Daily News may now be counted among those gushing over the congresswoman's performance in New Hampshire.
The Associated Press reports that the debate raised Bachmann's profile in a way that enhances her clout within the GOP—something that could pose problems for party officials, with whom she often clashes on key issues.
PolitiFact examines a claim made by Bachmann during the debate—namely, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") would "kill 800,000 jobs"—and finds it "barely true." Bachmann cited as evidence for the claim a finding in a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, but PolitiFact said her statement "leaves out so many qualifiers that it becomes misleading."
Elsewhere, an environmental blogger breaks down Bachmann's record on energy policy and finds her not very kind to Mother Earth. And USA Today says that Bachmann and fellow Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain have become the most frequently searched GOP candidates (at least on Yahoo). The newspaper notes that Bachmann is now generating twice as much search traffic as Sarah Palin.