Bye-Bye to Michele Bachmann's Twitter-Era Politics
"I fully anticipate," the
Detrimental? To whom? If anyone's political stardom has thrived on negative coverage, it is hers.
She roared into national attention during an
Her sound bites quickly turned into the sort of Internet "viral moment," as political consultants say, that turns into instant cash for campaign coffers -- and for Bachmann, more media appearances.
With a flair for passionate catchphrases (she called herself a "constitutional conservative") and a casual disregard for factual precision, she rode the rise of the polarized tea party era like a rodeo star. She helped to found the tea party caucus, and in
Alas, that turned out to be the high point of her campaign. When
We can look back nostalgically now on some of her other memorable declarations: That the American Revolution began in
PolitiFact found 75 percent of the 59 Bachmann statements it has checked turned out to be mostly false or "Pants on Fire," their worst rating.
Scandalous revelations that the
With Republicans expecting to make gains in next year's mid-term elections, Bachmann's announcement of her retirement after four terms came as a surprise. "Be assured my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to
Last time, even though she spent 12 times more money than her challenger, Democrat
She also has the burden of federal investigators looking into her previous campaign fundraising. That doesn't help. But after she weathers this storm, she seems well suited for a new career in the last refuge of former political stars, TV commentary. Just keep the fact checkers ready.
As for her supporters, her departure offers the more conventional Republican leadership an opportunity to fill the void and it offers the tea party movement something new to be angry about. Everybody wins.
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