Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | July 11, 2011

Michele Bachmann: “Let’s Get Rid Of The EPA!” (Can You Breathe Carbon Monoxide?)

(What good is jobs if you’re dying of unregulated monoxide poisoning in your house?)

Bachmann’s New Poll Resurgence Spells Doom for GOP

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is the new darling of Iowa Republicans. In a new poll released by the Des Moines Register, Mitt Romney leads her by one point. Romney garnered 23 percent of possible participants in the Iowa caucus, while Bachmann received 22 percent.

Bachmann’s resurgence comes at the perfect time for tea party voters looking to latch on to a viable candidate. She recently declared her candidacy and did well in the first major debate of the year in mid-June on CNN .

It’s not just that Bachmann is from the neighboring state of Minnesota. She’s also currently involved in politics as opposed to being a has-been like former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. As a figurehead of the tea party in Congress, Bachmann has had more newsworthy events in her current term than she has before.

Her re-election campaign was the most expensive for a single district in the history of the House of Representatives. Considering how expensive media-heavy places like New York and California would be to run myriad of advertisements, Bachmann’s fundraising would be a huge asset to her party.

Bachmann is also more outspoken and controversial. She’ll make a splash with the conservative base, but more mainstream Republicans and independents may be turned off by her. The same thing happened to John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

No matter how well Bachmann does in Iowa it will not work out well for Republicans against President Barack Obama in the general election.

Iowa can be a place where candidates get momentum going into the main primary season. Yet in 2008, Mike Huckabee won almost three times the support of Sen. John McCain and then faltered. Bachmann may do well near her home state, but New Hampshire will be a different story.

It’s not her fault, really. Bachmann is simply being herself. She’s controversial, wants to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency to produce more jobs and often dodges questions by the mainstream media. Fiscal conservatives love her hard-nosed nature but mainstream voters with more intelligence will see through her attitude. What comes across as being rough and antagonistic against the current administration is simply a mask of someone who doesn’t want to deal with real issues.

Getting rid of an entire government agency doesn’t solve anything. If 2008 is any indication, neither will winning the Iowa caucus. Bachmann needs to enjoy her time in the spotlight now because it will fade after Iowa’s results.

At worst, Bachmann’s presence will split the GOP. If, by some miracle, she does well enough after Iowa but can’t defeat Romney, then she may decide to run as a third-party candidate. In that scenario, the GOP pledge to keep Obama a one-term president will fail when Bachmann takes votes away from mainstream Republicans.

Should Bachmann become the GOP’s choice for president, her lack of true policy experience will lead to a steamroll victory by Obama in November.


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