Bachmann: The next steps

When she dropped out of the race for president today, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann didn’t say what her future would be. She’s still a sitting member of the U.S. House but hasn’t said if she’ll run for re-election. Her spokesman, Alice Stewart, said Bachmann doesn’t know what she’s going to do next.

Bachmann has a few options.

1) She could run for the U.S. Senate.

Republicans would love to see Bachman make a run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar, especially since a top tier GOP candidate hasn’t emerged yet. A major challenge for Bachmann is to shift gears from being an “Iowan” running for president to a Minnesotan running for the U.S. Senate. Polling also suggests that Bachmann would have a lot of ground to make up if she challenges Klobuchar.

2) She could run for re-election.

Bachmann is extremely popular among Republican activists and can raise money from small donors. But again her claim to being an Iowan could come back to hurt her. There’s no doubt those comments will be put in attack ads if she makes another run for Congress. She also raised and spent a lot of money on the race for the White House , and it isn’t clear how much she has left. If she has an empty campaign account, Bachmann will have to start from scratch and can’t ask major donors to max out to her campaign if they already wrote large dollar checks to her presidential campaign. Another deterrent is Bachmann is on the outs with GOP leadership in the House. She lost a bid for a leadership position last year and didn’t please Republican leaders when she stepped on the GOP response to last year’s State of the Union.

3) She could capitalize on her star power.

Bachmann has been a dynamic speaker who energizes many Republicans and angers many Democrats. She’s also unpredictable. All of those factors make her a prime catch for a national TV or radio host. She could also write another book, but as MPR’s Brett Neely reported earlier this month that Bachmann’s book sales have not been brisk.

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  • Ralph Crammedin

    1) There’s no percentage for Representative Bachmann to run an inevitably losing campaign against Senator Klobuchar – extreme risk with no forseeable reward.

    2) Congress = been there, done that for Ms Bachmann. “After winning the Iowa straw poll and having her face on Fox News every day for the better part of a year, being one of 435 in the House of Representatives would be one lousy consolation prize.”

    3) No doubt she’d love a 7-figure deal with Roger Ailes. Whether he’s interested, after being burned by Sarah Palin, is another question. …and Bachmann hasn’t the “will she, won’t she?” drama Palin brought to her deal with Fake News.

    4) Vice President of the United States. Bachmann’s mum on future plans while she cuts a deal with Mitt Romney. He puts her high on the VP short list; she endorses him for POTUS.

  • Richard Cialis

    Our next election could be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? She’s dodging the media now because of this

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  • John Peter

    I suppose that one can make many comments about the ill conceived and egocentric attempt by Mrs Bachmann to be a presidential candidate. It should have been obvious to any observer that she was unqualified and ill informed about numerous subjects. I also suppose that one can conclude that she was either incompetent or nefarious or an opportunist given all her statements over the past months. The real tragedy is that she duped many people into giving her millions of dollars to bolster her ego. Imagine what good all that money could have done if given to a truly wortwhile cause.

  • Chris

    My preferred scenario is that she waits until 2014 to run for the Senate. Pawlenty will have the whole party establishment lined up behind him as the “electable” candidate with statewide name ID and a fundraising base to beat Franken, but then Bachmann will jump in and beat Pawlenty among the party activists again.

  • Football fans will tell you that you run plays just so that the other team has to pay attention to the possiblity.

    The DFL did no favors for Tim Walz when they did not field any candidates for a number of MN Legislature contests in 2010 … and look to South Dakota where John Thune ran unapposed. Bachmann NEEDS to run for US Senate … the MN-GOP needs someone to lead them on the Federal Elections portion of the ballot (Romney is not going to excite the base) …. Bachmann would be able to attract the monies needed as well as the publicity (she would still use FOX to bash Obama while making minor mention of Senator Klobuchar). Plus Norm Coleman would open his PAC for the campaign.

    Winning a Senate seat would be a bonus but she would help elect her replacement in her old District as well as other state legislature candidates. And don’t you think that the Republican that would replace her would ensure the District for years to come ?

    Of course, she could run for her House seat again … and why not, the DFL has failed to use the past six months to have a candidate denouncing her absence from her Congressional duties. Yep, the DFL has doomed themselves to being non-represented in too many districts.