CNN is reporting that Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will form an exploratory committee for a 2012 presidential run. She is expected to file the paperwork in June, or perhaps even sooner.
Personally, I wish she would do it sooner. The Republican electorate is looking for strong and decisive leadership, not announcements to form committees that will explore possibilities. It’s uninspiring to watch shivering maybe-candidates in swim trunks circle the presidential pool while a whooping Herman Cain sails overhead and cannonballs right in.
Bachmann has reportedly hired state senator and Tea Party stalwart Kent Sorenson to run her Iowa operation, and is working on putting together operations in crucial primary states New Hampshire and South Carolina. Her chief of staff, Andy Parrish, says he’ll have directors in those states “within a week.”
Bachmann is a fiery candidate who raised her profile with a solid response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, and an excellent address to CPAC 2011. She’s also a demon figure for the Left, and can expect to receive the respect and consideration our thoughtful feminist liberals usually display toward strong conservative women. I can hardly wait to hear them denounce cavemen like Bill Maher for leveling crude sexual insults at her.
One gets the sense that Bachmann expects every bit of the venom and bile coming her way. That’s good. If there’s one bit of baggage no Republican candidate should bring into the 2012 presidential race, it’s a capacity for surprise.