If you would have told me last March that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann would be bowing out of the presidential race the day after the Iowa caucus, I would have called you crazy. After all, back then I was predicting her to be the next Mike Huckabee, using her prowess at retail politics and her rabid evangelical support to sweep the state.
Wow, was I wrong.
Now, Bachmann is out of the race, and contemplating her next move. The big debate? Will she be running for her old congressional seat.
Her future in Minnesota is still hazy. The parties have not yet finished redrawing the new redistricting maps, and Bachmann’s district, which was already pretty heavily gerrymandered as it was, could potentially get revamped. But it seems much more likely that the Republicans want to ensure that district stay safe for their party, and are considering making Freshman Republican Chip Cravaack’s district more competitive instead.
Locally, GOPers appear to already be declaring her a lock if she wants to keep the seat, and nationally some are speculating she might be ready to audition for a Fox News gig or in some other way translate her run into a punditry career.
But perhaps the most telling way of seeing what she is considering may be how long she takes off to “contemplate” her next move. After telling local media that she needs a few weeks to decide what comes next, it’s clear that Bachmann still has one thing on her mind.
The vice president slot. And that can only happen with a Mitt Romney win.
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