Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Bachmann Presidency?

While the prospects of a Sarah Palin presidential run are currently dimmer than she is, when the history of this next election is written, Palin's real role may well be as a John the Baptist figure to Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who's managed to take Palin's brand of messianic conservatism and meld it with a laserlike message discipline that the former veep candidate could never dream of mustering. While the Tea Party doyenne has mostly been treated as a joke since her McCarthy-esque splash on MSNBC's Hardball in '08, with her just-announced presidential run prompting guffaws on the right and salivating on the left, the fact that she surpassed the non-existent bar that had been set for her at the Republican debate last week and emerged as the "winner" in the eyes of many has suddenly catapulted her into the ranks of actual contenders. Do I think she'd get the nomination? My gut says no, but per Matt Taibbi in a very lengthy piece for Rolling Stone, thanks to Bachmann's double-barreled backing from Christian conservatives and Tea Party types, she actually has a plausible outside shot at not only snaking the nomination, but even potentially the presidency, and that should be absolutely terrifying to those of us who value things like reason and common sense.


Abdul-Halim V. said...

Ceasar would make a better President. (At least the Roddy McDowell version, not the new one).

Zaki said...

And I, for one, would like to be the first to welcome our new ape overlords!