If there is a God, he will make this so. Representative Michele Bachmann announced she was going to consider a run for president in 2016.
Bachmann insisted that she learned a great deal from her failed bid in 2012 and will “certainly” draw upon those lessons if she runs again. She told Real Clear Politics that:
Like with anything else, practice makes perfect. And I think if a person has gone through the process — for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates — it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.
She’s also suggested that her fundraising talents could prove to be an asset; for instance, she’s a perennial favorite among the lunatic fringe (a.k.a, the Tea Party) and is a fund-raising juggernaut, raising millions of dollars in contributions from across the country.
She told Real Clear Politics that she’s “one of the top — if not the top — fundraisers in the history of the United States Congress,” adding:
“And it’s because people saw that I had an authentic voice, and I was fighting for them. I wasn’t speaking to them like a politician. I was speaking like a real person who was fighting for what they believed in.”
Bachmann is retiring from the House at the end of this year, and said that she wasn’t going to make a final decision until then:
“I think it’s important to have sufficient time to lay the necessary groundwork to have a really solid campaign and a campaign team put together. And I think probably I would think about that decision earlier than I did last time.”
The Democratic Nation Committee spokesman, Michael Czin, snarked:
“Given her record as an anti-immigration reform, anti-marriage equality, pro-shutdown and pro-ending Medicare as we know it Republican, Bachmann will have a hard time differentiating herself from the rest of the nascent GOP field. In other words, we welcome her to the primary.”
The spokesman for the Republican National Committee declined to weigh in. While he cited a policy of not commenting on candidates, we all know the real reason he declined to comment is because he was too busy updating his resume on Indeed.com in the event that she does run.
Given Bachmann’s 2012 showing, a 2016 run is going to be comedy gold.
USA Today points out that her 2012 campaign was “marred by several high-profile gaffes,” citing her “shot heard around the world,” kick starting the Revolutionary War as starting in New Hampshire (it was actually Massachusetts), and her assertion that John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa (oops, that was John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer).
As Democrats, we should be opening our arms and welcoming Bachmann to the Parade of Crazy that is the GOP primaries. In the event that she does decide to run, I’ll provide the popcorn.
h/t: USA Today