At the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Friday and at the Right Online Conference on Saturday, firebrand Michele Bachmann proved that her message and speech will allow her to keep shouting into the bullhorn that she will possess as she nears the date when she will formally announce her candidacy in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.
Her message at both events was similar.
She joked around with the audience about how she feared she would be asked whether she wore “boxers of briefs” during CNN’s debate in New Hampshire, where, by not falling flat on her face like many in the media expected, she became a candidate that the media would begin to take seriously despite having mocked her in the past for her outlandishness and inaccurate statements.
In both speeches, Bachmann was substantive.
She talked about the need for peace through strength foreign policy conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and social conservatives to unite.
She said the “Tea Party has had it up to here with Barack Obama” and praised the movement of which she has been at the forefront by saying it was not just composed of Republicans but of independents and disaffected Democrats, all of whom the GOP will need in 2012 to defeat President Obama.
“[The Democrats] should be afraid of this movement,” Bachmann said at the RLC, referring to the Tea Party as the “verve and vibrancy” of the 2010 election.
Bachmann, at each event, also asked the audience to take out a dollar bill and fold it in half, to symbolically represent how Obama has devalued the dollar and is borrowing nearly half of every dollar he spends to fund his liberal agenda for which he had no mandate.
Bachmann also indicted Obama for failing the Black and Hispanic communities and cited the unemployment rates for both groups.
She got rousing standing ovations when talking about the Lightbulb Freedom of Choice Act, which she intends to introduce in the House. She also came out strongly against liberals who try to use global warming to advance their leftist agenda. As a current legislator, Bachmann has a leg up over other candidates because she can talk the talk and then walk the walk by introducing legislation, though her critics may point out that she has not had many significant legislative accomplishments to date.
Bachmann also criticized Obama for ObamaCare and said that after a change of address form is sent to 1600 Pennsyvlania Avenue, she would guarantee that ObamaCare would be abolished.
“As President of the United States, I will not rest until we repeal Obamacare,” Bachmann said.
The question going forward for Bachmann will be this: If she highlights and takes pride in how she was on the frontlines in combating ObamaCarea and makes that the centerpiece of her campaign, which was based in part on RomneyCare, does she inevitably not have to attack Romney, whose plan served as a blueprint for Obama’s health care policies?
Bachmann also came out strongly against raising the debt ceiling and highlighted how she founded the House Tea Party Caucus.
Going forward, Bachmann’s message will be riveting, rousing, and a powerful force. Rhetorically, she is on the right side of most issues that are dear to conservatives, especially those who will vote in the some of the early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.