Michele Bachmann will not run for re-election in Minnesota's 6th district

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Bachmann's YouTube announcement
Michele Bachmann is out of Minnesota's hair . . . for now.
​In last night's Republican debate, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she has filed paperwork and is now officially running for president in 2012.

While none of this is a surprise, it means that while she's making a break for the White House, she's not running for re-election in Minnesota. The Facebook announcement of her presidential candidacy confirmed as much.

Bachmann announced that she'd filed the paperwork on Monday in the debate, in a YouTube clip and on Facebook. The final line of the Facebook post reads, "With the filing, Rep. Bachmann suspended her Congressional campaign and is no longer actively seeking re-election in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District."

That doesn't necessarily mean we've gotten rid of her. She has until June 5, 2012, to suss out her prospects. If the presidential waters aren't as warm as she'd like, she can drop the presidential bid and come crawling back to her congressional campaign.

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Tarryl Clark
This does have some odd ramifications for her one-time 6th-district opponent Tarryl Clark. In early May, Clark announced that she and her husband bought on a condo in Duluth so she could run for the 8th district seat against first-termer and Tea Party-fave Chip Cravaack in 2012. Redistricting monkeyed up those plans when it placed Clark's new address in the same district as fellow Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson. Those new maps are being challenged, but in light of the announcement from Bachmann, it seems Clark might have been better off staying put.

Meanwhile, local Bachmann-bashers are left to decide: What's worse? A fourth Bachmann term or living in a country that would take her seriously as a presidential candidate?

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Tara3worthy
Tara3worthy

I saw Michele Bachmann on Meet the Press on Sunday, April 15th. She was impolite, rude, and the true bafoon that she is.

prowest
prowest

Thanks for giving The Daily Show so much material. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Clark can't even get her address right to run against Chip Cravaack. Why would the 6th district want to elect an idiot like that?

novenator
novenator

Doesn't matter. The 6th District is the laughing stock of the nation for sending her to Washington multiple times in the first place. It's the Deep South part of Minnesota, with even more homophobia.

webcelt
webcelt

A country that would take her seriously? It's not the whole country that gets a say, just GOP primary voters. Of course, look at her long list of accomplishments. Loads of media appearances and... well, apparently that's enough.

Matt Aug
Matt Aug

ummm....Obama was just a one term senator who made a bunch of speeches and essentially became president. He has set the bar very low....

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Experience?   What does that matter?What did Obama ever do before he became president?

Google this people:Obama Cracks Jobs Joke: ‘Shovel-Ready, Was Not as Shovel-Ready as We Expected’

You mean the almighty, and all his allegiance of genius, couldn't get it right?He thinks it's funny that the "Stimulus" plan failed?

Failure...

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

Again Kirk, you're diverting attention. Yeah, a lot of Muslims are homophobes, and a lot of Christians and Jews, and all three religions are full of shit. What's the point?

green23
green23

Different Party, though. What works in the Democratic Party generally doesn't work in the Republican Party. Getting the nomination is the key. Republicans would not nominate someone with Bachmann's marginal experience, unless she had executive experience (i.e. Governor). Even if Obama had been a staunch conservative Republican, he would never have stood a chance in the nomination process of that Party.

Obama won because he appealed to swing voters and Independents. Bachmann has no appeal to either of those groups. You can't win with just the "base" in either Party.Pragmatic Republicans know this, but there is a question if the pragmatics are more influential than the ideologues.

What webcelt is saying is essentially correct. She would be the choice of Republican primary voters. Other Republicans may grit their teeth and vote for her, much like many did for McCain, but she wouldn't be their "choice". The first primaries don't start for another eight months. I don't think Bachmann can go that long without saying something that creates doubt in Republicans' minds that she is their best choice.

Ultimately, I think Bachmann will drop out. Losing is the worst sin imaginable for Republicans. If you drop out, you didn't really 'lose', and you can score points for being a 'team player' in the Party. Stay in and lose - you join the ranks of Mark Kennedy, Norm Coleman, and Tom Emmer. Branded for life as a loser by your own Party.

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

Hmm, toting the merits of one candidate by contrasting them to the lack of merits of their predecessor... sounds an awful lot like liberals diverting attention away from Obama by referring to the 8 year blunder known as the Bush era. Just sayin'.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

In the West if Christians and Jews murder homosexuals they are prosecuted. In the Middle East when homosexuals are murdered by muslims it is promoted by the state and muslim religious leaders. Is Weiner gay? 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

You are right about this. I think Bachmann might be on short list for VP. Of course she might drop out next January - February and run for Senate against Klobuchar. Or she might just re-start her congressional campaign and try for leadership role: Speaker of the house. Then Run against Dayton for Gov. No matter what you think, she is smart and has options.

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