Rep. Michele Bachmann (R- Minn.) (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R- Minn.) (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

What’s with all the piling on Michele Bachmann as she heads for the door? Perhaps some of the mainstream media double standard is at work here. After all, Vice President Joe Biden is characterized in the press as “colorful” and “America’s crazy uncle.” Michele Bachmann is ridiculed as just crazyMaxine Waters, the perpetually half-cocked congresswoman from California, is considered by Democrats and their allies to be “determined,” while Michele Bachmann is derided as nuts.

Anyway, Ms. Bachmann was sometimes inaccurate and occasionally misguided — in my opinion — but her drive, her patriotism and her tireless energy on behalf of the conservative cause should not pass unnoticed or unappreciated.

On paper, I always thought she had great potential. She’s from a blue state, won six elections and, honest to God, had 23 foster kids and five children of her own. You can’t fake that commitment or dismiss it as resumé padding. Most of us will never do a fraction of what she’s done for helpless kids. And, she is a seriously credentialed lawyer to boot. By today’s standards, no one should count her out. If Al Sharpton can be fully rehabilitated after the wild antics he conjured up and inflicted on the rest of us back in the day, who knows what’s in store for Ms. Bachmann.

For better or worse, politics needs a few irritants and a few people who try to keep things simple, even if they sometimes are loud. The GOP can have too many who want to fill that role, but so do the Democrats today. Godspeed, Ms. Bachmann. Thanks for helping to keep it all a little more interesting.