There’s something of a disconnect in the video released early today by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). On the one hand, she declares that she’s not going to seek a fifth term in Congress; on the other hand, she sounds as if she’s running for something. Or perhaps positioning herself for something.

The presentation runs eight minutes and 40 seconds — long enough for Bachmann to speak about Benghazi, Obamacare, the needs of her Minnesota district, traditional marriage and other issues. The 57-year-old sounds as if her career is just getting started: “Fortunately today I’m even more concerned about our country’s future than I have ever been in the past. On so many issues, we’re clearly on the wrong track, but looking forward after the completion of my term, my future is full, it is limitless, and my passions for America will remain. And I want you to be assured that 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 for future generations.”

In a speech brimming with boilerplate statements about American greatness, Bachmann managed to fit in a line of media-conspiracy boilerplate: “I fully anticipate the mainstream, liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision not to seek a fifth term.”

The Erik Wemple Blog would hate to see Bachmann botch her prediction about media reaction, so let’s toss in some “detrimental spin” just for fun.


1) Laid out an impassioned political manifesto;

2) Did so in a nicely produced video;

3) Declared all options on the table, “be it directly in the political arena or otherwise.”

All that suggests to the Erik Wemple Blog that Bachmann just might be willing to field an offer to serve as a commentator on some cable news operation. And who wouldn’t — it’s easy, pays well and feeds a politician’s desire to feel important and fussed over (see this video of Newt Gingrich getting made up before a Fox News appearance).

In recent years, however, Bachmann may have accomplished the impossible, perhaps disqualifying herself from even the wretched standards of cable news. Exhibit A is her factually reckless representations about the vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV) in her presidential primary run; then there was her ungracious refusal to accept the apology of Fox News anchor Chris Wallace for having asked whether she was a “flake”; more recently, at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, she bashed the “lavish” lifestyle of the Obamas, an attack that drew condemnation from none other than Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly.

On second thought, nah — those incidents aren’t too low for cable. Get this woman into a studio.