(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)
Being a devout Cynic, I have faith that even before Bachmann’s term ends next year, she’ll have found new media-profitable methods to catapult the Crazyganda even before her term ends next year. (And then she can prepare for the underticket on
Sanctorum Jindal Rubio 2016!) Meanwhile, Gail Collins:
… We may not see her like again. Or, if one shows up, we may decide not to pay attention…
The most interesting question about Bachmann is how she and Sarah Palin came to be the two most high-profile women in the Tea Party. Neither one has ever had a real political organization. Palin didn’t like being governor enough to finish the term. Bachmann has been a terrible legislator. Women in Congress tend to be good at working with others. Michele Bachmann is good at talking on her cellphone during meetings.
They certainly have intense personalities. But you have to wonder if the secret is that, by political standards, they both look extremely hot. And if it’s their appearance that made them such stars, is that for the benefit of the Tea Party men or the Tea Party women? Ronnee Schreiber, a professor at San Diego State University, who studies gender and politics, says the women in the grass-roots Tea Party she’s interviewed kept focusing on how the pair “looked so feminine and dressed so ladylike.”
Whatever Bachmann’s secret, it isn’t really working anymore. Her career jumped the shark when she and a few colleagues demanded that one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides be investigated as a possible Muslim extremist trying to infiltrate the government. The aide, Huma Abedin, is married to former Congressman Anthony Weiner, and I think I speak for the entire country when I say the poor woman has enough problems to deal with in the real world.
Meanwhile, the Tea Party caucus Bachmann founded in the House has lost its traction. In the Senate, right-wing newcomers like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have captured the limelight from the congresswoman from Minnesota who once won the Iowa straw poll.
And sponsored the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act. Can’t forget about that.
Apart from that, what’s on the agenda for the evening? Any guesses about the contents of this week’s Friday DocDump?