That leaves a lot of demand for a fire-breather, and it isn't being met. Rick Santorum or Herman Cain might catch fire, I suppose. But it sure looks wide open for Michelle Bachmann. If she can just keep a lid on her crazy side, she has enough high-profile support to avoid the kind of marginalization that Trump endured when the party elite ganged up on him. (Rush Limbaugh likes her, for instance.) Bachmann raises a ton of money, has a close relationship with Sarah Palin -- who still commands significant loyalty within the party but appears unlikely to run -- and has a real chance to win in Iowa.While Iowa leans blue, I've always been told the conservatives in Iowa tend to the right-wing, and based upon this information, I've always thought Bachmann has a real chance to win Iowa, and South Carolina too. I just don't see it in New Hampshire, although they have more than their share of crazies.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Jonathan Chait makes the case (with all the usual caveats) that Trump's implosion opens up a real opportunity on the Right for Michelle Bachmann.