Bachmann’s back before she ever left


U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) addresses her hometown crowd at an event the day before the official announcement of her entering the 2012 presidential race, in Waterloo, Iowa June 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Loop fans dry your tears. Michele Bachmann may not be leaving politics after all.

When Bachmann (R-Minn.) last year announced her retirement from Congress at the end of this term, we wondered how we’d ever fill the void. For years, she’d been a perennial favorite, providing so much fodder. Especially during her presidential run in 2012.

Last March she won the Loop Quote of the Week  when she  proposed that people who criticize billionaire GOP contributors should be prosecuted under anti-racketeering laws. In May she took a tough stand against a proposed National Women’s History Museum three years after she said she was happy, even “humbled,” to be included in its online exhibit, “Profiles in Motherhood.” And who can forget her persistent badgering for campaign donations in 2012 — “make an immediate donation,” one e-mail demanded.

But just as we were getting used to the idea of a political sphere without Bachmann, she teased Tuesday that she might just give a run for the White House another go.

“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she told RealClearPolitics in an interview. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”

Bachmann was among the first GOP candidates to peak (and then fall) in the 2012 primary as Republican voters battle-tested Mitt Romney alternatives over several months. That experience, Bachmann said, gives her an advantage if she tries again. After all, she mused, “Like with anything else, practice makes perfect.”

Just ask her state’s former governor, the legendary Harold Stassen, who ran for the GOP nomination for president nine times between 1952 and 1992.

Yes, running for the nation’s highest office is just like learning a musical instrument. It takes practice.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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