On at least three occasions Michele Bachmann has announced that she is in the running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. On the one hand, she seems to be a legitimate grass roots pundit and a superb activist, but on the other hand, she may be in well over her head in the real world of politicians and candidates for high office.
Bachmann, a third term House member from Minnesota, ran into more than she could handle when she agreed to be interviewed by FoxNews anchor Chris Wallace last Sunday. Bachman opened with a mantra, saying, “The people know about me, they know I say what I mean, I’m a fighter…,” all good, but some would say lacking in substance. She went on, “I'm very sincere in what I say. And I will fight, whether it means taking on Washington, even sometimes my own party.”
Wallace saw an opening, and didn’t hesitate, “By implication, are you suggesting that Mitt Romney [is] not sincere?” Romney is shown in many polls as tied with Rep. Bachmann for the Republican nomination.
Bachman even at this early point began to show some flustering. “What I'm talking about is, what I'm going to do as president of the United States. And in the course of this campaign, I look forward to getting to know more people and explaining more about our plan.”
Wallace said, "All right. We're going to talk about the other candidates a little bit later. But let me ask you about yourself..." At that point in the interview, Chris Wallace made some remarks, accusations perhaps, about a clinic run by Bachmann’s husband, and about a dairy farm in Wisconsin in which the Bachmanns have some interest. Before we review those remarks and accusations, we should further examine the rift between Bachmann and Mitt Romney, and we might preface that discussion of the Romney rift with a few insights.
Michele Bachmann’s very inception into the political world was founded on her feelings toward abortion, and the right to life of the unborn child. While in college at the William and Mary School of Law, she met and later married Marcus Bachmann. Marcus now runs a clinic with a staff of counselors and clinicians and devotes his life to children and young people with problems running the gamut of anger management, problems of adjustment, and even eating disorders. The Bachmanns now have 23 or more young people, teenaged girls, living as foster children in their home in Stillwater, Minnesota. They have five children of their own. Their home is defined as a “treatment home”, and they receive a daily reimbursement rate per foster child from the state.