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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Michelle Bachman for President?

I admit to not really understanding Michelle Bachman's toying with a run for president.

It's rare, in this age, for a House member to run. Ron Paul and Richard Gephardt come to mind, but that's about it.

You'd have to reach back well into the nineteenth century to find a House member who won election.

Bachman's being a darling of the Tea Party movement is clear. Perhaps she feels that, alone, will be a sufficient base from which to take the GOP nomination. Or, perhaps she's trying to make her case as a viable VP choice.

However, I don't recall Bachman having executive experience. And a quick check of her bio confirms this- she has J.D. and LLM degrees. In short, an attorney who went into state politics, then the US House.

I probably share many of her values, but haven't we just (re)learned why our presidents need some managerial and leadership experience?

It would seem that Bachman is vulnerable to the same legitimate charges of inexperience that rightly bedevil Wonderboy.

Or is Bachman simply playing a much longer game, taking advantage of her national profile as an outspoken Tea Party House member? Making sure, as has Sarah Palin, to get publicity while it's free and available?

Because I just don't see Bachman as having the depth of experience, either managerial or in areas such as foreign policy, to justify being a credible presidential candidate at this time.

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