It’s time to Break It Down!
Michele, not to be confused with Michelle, is pulling up stakes and taking her tent home. Back on May 29th the Minnesota Republican Congresswoman and Tea Party favorite announced, via a video posted on her website, she would not seek another term in office.
Mrs. Bachmann stated in the video:
“After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term. After serious consideration, I am confident that this is the right decision.”
Not surprisingly, the decision and announcement launched a rash of speculation. So much so, that Representative Bachmann issued a number of defiantly pre-emptive comments, followed by a typically disparaging claim.
She insisted that she had no concern about possibly losing a bid for re-election to Jim Graves, a Democrat she defeated narrowly in her most recent run for Congress. Moreover, she expressed complete confidence that were she to run, she would defeat Mr. Graves again.
She also dismissed the idea that a current ethics probe of her 2012 presidential campaign had any influence upon her decision. The Representative expressed every confidence that her team followed all applicable rules and regulations.
Ultimately, Congresswoman Bachmann, in a final flourish, insisted that the media was out to get her. She stated:
“I fully anticipate the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision. But I take being the focus of their attention; of their disparagement, as a true compliment of my public-service effectiveness.”
There has also been speculation about what the future holds for the Minnesota Congresswoman. Of course, she has an array of options. There is always the ever-popular standard landing spot for former GOP conservative pols, Fox News. Perhaps she will land at the higher brow, Heritage Foundation. Should push come to shove, she could land a comfy lobbying gig. At any rate, chances are, even though Mrs. Bachmann will be leaving the Halls of Congress, she will continue to be a high profile figure.
Notwithstanding the unclear motivations for the Congresswoman to leave at this time, she provided somewhat more clarity about the possibility she might reenter politics. In framing her future prospects, Congresswoman Bachmann said:
“There is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political arena or otherwise, that I won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation.”
I suppose we can all take comfort, or not, in that promise…or threat, depending upon your perspective. Until that fateful point in time arrives, we will all just have to deal with the knowledge that “Bachmann Calls it a Wrap; Won’t Seek a Fifth Term!”
I’m done; holla back!
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