August 19, 2019

Michele Bachmann might be Palin with brains

Is this the smile of the first woman president of the United States? Maybe, but there is a lot of water to flow under the bridge before we see if that comes to pass.

Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced her bid for the Republican nomination for the United States presidential elections in 2012.

Michele Bachmann, 55, is a favourite of the conservative Tea Party movement. Being born in Iowa will be handy with the Republican caucases kicking off in Iowa in early February 2012. Some early momentum will help her cause. In the caucuses, momentum is everything.

Bachmann said she was announcing her candidacy because she was “so profoundly grateful for the blessing I have received, both from God and this great country”.

“My name is Michele Bachmann, I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said.

Speaking in the town of Waterloo, Michele Bachmann said Americans should not stand for overpriced health care, increasing amounts of debt and continued unemployment, all of which are trademarks of the Obama administration. Yes and the Bush administration if we are in a mood to be accurate.

“More than ever, Washington is the problem, and the real solutions will come from our businesses, our communities, our schools and the most basic and powerful unit of all-our families,” she said.

“Americans agree that our country is in peril today and we must act with urgency to save it,” Ms Bachmann added.

A poll of 400 party members there shows Michele Bachmann virtually tied with frontrunner Mitt Romney, with 22% of the support.

Sarah Palin occupies much of the same constituency as Bachmann – the Conservative, religious right wing. A candidate that this powerful grouping loves is usually unacceptable to most other non-religious urban conservatives.

The Republicans can only beat Obama if they find a candidate with charisma who bridges both sides of the conservative divide.

Sarah Palin plays well to anyone with a Tea Party view of the world. To anyone else she is just plain dumb and scary.

Americans like their President to be politically savvy as well as a strong leader. Palin is naive on the world stage and her home spun antics and rhetoric don’t go down well in the more sophisticated US urban centres.

Michele Bachmann is a straight shooter and has the odd Palinesque moment. But she has solid academic credentials and some real life skills that will come in handy when empathy is required.

Mitt Romney might be more of a centrist conservative candidate, but Michele Bachmann might just ace him in the charisma stakes. Sarah Palin will have to drop out ofthe race soon to give Bachmann a chance to build momentum. But Sarah has a power base of her own and may not be ready to roll over just yet.