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by Jeff Crouere


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Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is now the “it” candidate in the race for president. In the last presidential debate, she looked poised and polished and made big news by stating that she had filed papers to officially launch her presidential campaign. She has now taken the next step and formally announced her campaign for president in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.

With her impressive debate performance and enhanced media attention, Bachmann is now running second in the latest Iowa poll, only one point behind Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Romney is the candidate of the country club Republicans or the Establishment wing of the party. This RINO (Republican in Name Only) is a flip-flopper par excellence and the father of the Bay State’s socialized medicine program. He would be the worst potential GOP candidate to challenge Barack Obama, because he could not make effective arguments against the worst excess of the Obama administration.

On the other hand, Bachmann is the perfect candidate, for she has a solid conservative voting record. She is also the Chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress and is close to the activists who are now driving the Republican Party

A Romney nomination would create serious problems for the Republican Party and may lead to a third party candidacy or a weakened turnout in the next election. Republicans need a massive get out the vote effort to overtake the incumbent, who will have the liberal media, Hollywood, the unions, and the special interest groups fully in his corner. He will also have as much as $1 billion in campaign money to harass the GOP candidate.

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President Obama will not campaign on his credentials or accomplishments in office, because he does not have any. Instead, it will be a typical Democratic Party campaign of character assassination.

Bachmann has already experienced the slings and arrows from the mainstream news media. She has been a frequent victim of Chris Matthews’ viciousness on MSNBC. Over the weekend, she was called a “flake” by the supposedly objective Chris Wallace of Fox News. It is hard to imagine Wallace calling Obama or any prominent Democrat a “flake.”

After her announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, The Washington Times published a “gotcha” piece accusing Bachmann of confusing the movie actor John Wayne with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. When asked on Fox News why she was announcing in her hometown, Bachmann said, “Well, what I want them to know is just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that’s the kind of spirit I have, too.”  Of course, Bachmann did not confuse a serial killer, who was born in her hometown, with America’s favorite movie actor. While John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, his parents met in Waterloo, so the actor had a strong connection to Bachmann’s hometown. The piece was irresponsible journalism, trying again to paint Bachmann as dumb or careless.

A liberal media caricature of Bachmann will not stick with voters, since the Congresswoman has impressive credentials. She is an attorney with a Master’s degree in tax law. After serving six years in the Minnesota State Senate, Bachmann is now in her third term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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