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of Political Animal also said Bachmann will likely not disappear from the public eye:
Like any left-of-center political writer, I've appreciated Bachmann's hijinks over the years, not just because of her ability to bring The Crazy like no one else, but because she really did complicate the lives of those who wanted to neatly divide today's radicalized conservative movement into secular and religious "wings," or treat the Tea Party as something new and different from yesterday's extremists. She was probably the first nationally prominent pol to consistently
label herself as a "constitutional conservative,"
a self-identifying term that is still growing like topsy in usage and may well become ubiquitous on the Right before long, despite or perhaps because of its arrogance and its assertion of eternally valid governing models and cultural standards from the distant past. I'll probably never be able to hear that particular dog whistle blow without thinking of Michele Bachmann. She was a forerunner in a lot of ways, God help us.J.F.
of Democracy in America also commented on Bachmann's legacy, or what he considers the lack thereof:
But hollowness, alas, is Mrs Bachmann's legacy. Her brief seven-year tenure in Congress has been heat without light. She has
neither a committee nor a subcommittee. Of the
she sponsored or co-sponsored, precisely one passed the full House: a repeal of the Affordable Care Act that has as much chance of becoming law as it does of becoming a kumquat. She has missed
more than 10%
of roll-call votes during her time in office: more than five times the congressional median. And the less said about her
the better. She was anger, indignation and a thousand-watt smile—nothing more, and her departure is good news for Republicans. Futile rage helps nobody. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are far better standard bearers for the tea-party movement than Mrs Bachmann and
. They are legislators who appear to have an interest in legislating, and who seem to understand that believing the government is generally inefficient and power-hungry is no excuse for doing the job of governing badly. That is far more than can be said for Mrs Bachmann.[
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of MoneyBox said that perhaps the allure of a more lucrative career contributed to Bachmann's decision:
Initial news coverage seems to be linking this to an Ethics Committee investigation into the possible misuse of PAC funds to support her nominal 2012 presidential bid. But I think the relevant precedent here is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint
resigning in order to run the Heritage Foundation
. Or perhaps former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee taking a pass at a 2012 presidential bid in favor of working as a Fox News host. Which is to say that for many prominent conservative elected officials, getting out of politics and into the conservative edutainment industry seems like a more appealing and interesting option than continuing to work on politics. You can particularly see this in the case of Bachmann. She's an unusually
House member, but becoming a
House member is hard work and often takes a long time. The state of Minnesota as a whole isn't nearly conservative enough for Bachmann to become governor or senator without moderating somewhat, and back-bench House members can't really run for president. But if Bachmann gets out, I'm sure she can earn plenty of money writing books or making TV or speaking appearances.