Is Michele Bachmann for real?

By Ken Feltman (originally published in Politico)

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s most important achievement in the New Hampshire debate was the contrast she created between her competent performance and the image that many have of Sarah Palin’s lack of substance.

Bachmann hopes people will say, “she’s like Sarah Palin but without the problems.” That may not be fair to Palin but by not jumping into the race, Palin allows others to mold and misstate her image. Bachmann is an opportunist and an effective one: How many times did she remind debate-watchers that she is the chair of the House Tea Party Caucus? She created the caucus as a platform for herself.

Bachmann’s second major achievement was demonstrating that she could handle the role of “alternative to Mitt Romney.” As others stumbled or played it safe, she won style points on both likability and cogency. Her social conservatism, which may be a problem later, served her well last night.

Expect some of those who have been attacking Palin to start digging into Bachmann’s past. As for the other GOP candidates trying to catch Romney, expect them to be wary of attacking Bachmann. A few may patronize her. She will have a temporary advantage because the boys will not know what to make of her. Expect her to exploit every opportunity.

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Know as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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4 Responses to Is Michele Bachmann for real?

  1. Lee R. says:

    Yes, I agree she can compete with the boys. Trouble is, the boys are pretty easy competition!

  2. Larry N.C. says:

    I’d vote for her. I’m a Democrat but won’t be voting for Obama again. At least she seems to be more alive than some of these Republicans like Paul and Paulenty.

  3. Penny S. from Ohio says:

    Yes, where do the Republicans get these zoombies?

  4. LES HANDLER says:

    how many times did michele bachmann vote to increase debt ceiling?

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