Rep. Michele Bachmann is suspending her presidential campaign, said a senior Republican official with direct knowledge of the lawmaker’s plans. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Minnesota lawmaker, a favorite of the tea party wing of the party and a harsh critic of President Obama, realized after her sixth-place finish in Iowa’s caucuses that “there was no viable way forward.” By suspending her campaign, Bachmann is effectively dropping out. [more]
Thanks Ethan Klapper for throwing the specifics on us.
10:29 // 2 years ago
Our two cents: Rick Perry’s advisors should consider having the same conversation with their boss. It’s inexcusable for Perry—a trusted social conservative with tons of money—to be placing 13% behind Mitt Romney, who isn’t trusted and isn’t socially conservative, in a state like Iowa.
22:17 // 2 years ago
My theory … is that there has been a rarely-admitted fatigue with the Republican House, and its inability to get anything done unless there’s last-minute stop-the-clock brinkmanship. Yes, Republican voters blame Barack Obama for most of this. But if being a Tea Party candidate in November 2010 meant taking Barack Obama’s power away, in 2011, it started to mean that you were part of Washington machinery that was creaking and belching acrid smoke. Bachmann, a very good local politician, never strayed from her “record” of “leading the fight” against various Obama evils. But the evils passed. And “leading” didn’t seem to improve anything in 2011.
Key part of the commentary in italics. Fact of the matter is, she’s part of the least-popular part of the federal government, and as one of the most-vocal members, that rubs off on her. Weigel also points out what Politico’s Maggie Haberman had to say on the matter, which is that incompetence showed very quickly after she won the straw poll in Iowa.
20:29 // 2 years ago