It was June 13th 2011, and it was time for the New Hampshire Debates. The first real test of Presidential Candidates. Sometimes, if not often it is too early for most voters, and even political pundants to pay attention. However, last night, that was not the case. Last night something different happened. Last night, something happened, and the two candidates that everyone was watching, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty were caught off guard, by one potential candidate that everyone apparantly felt had no chance at all of winning a presidential election.
The first thing Michele Bachmann did was announce that she had filed her official papers was now a candidate for President of The United States. Then she proceeded to passionately defended the Tea Party, and that she should not be underestimated as a serious candidate in this game.
According to CNN Bachmann got the first audiance roar of the night, promising that Barack Obama would be a one term president!
To the amasement of her audiance she showed she had mastered the skills of effective campaigning, and distanced herself from other candidates by showing she was a truth teller saying she faught hard against her own party, behind closed doors by opposing the Bush administrations much-reviled TARP bailout plan.
The nation learned that while Bachmann is relatively new to the national stage, anyone who has watched her in action knows that she knows very well how to play the political game.
At 55 she makes the younger Sarah Palin look like a rookie. She does not have the bad press following her. Her family is not in turmoil, and she has congressional, that is hands-on experience in washington.
As a far right conservative she opposed Obama Care, as well as the Frank Dodd bankinhg regulation law.
In all those on the stage, Bachmann was in fact the fresh face. While some pundants feel she might have jumped out of the gate, distancing herself from the top dogs, the surge won’t last long, and in the end she won’t be taken seriously. I would not bank on that. If she effectivly challanges the status quo, and is able to counter Romney as well as Pawlenty she could cause voters to take a closer and more serious look at her.
It all depends on what she does with this new found popularity. If used well one can easily assure that we have not heard the last of Michele Bachmann. If she does not use this platform to attack the lower and mid-Middle class, blaming them for the woes of the country and promising them a shot at a decient future. If she can out line an effective course for economic recovery that does not cause undue suffering of working class americans, she might just come out from behind, pushing Romney and Pawlenty off to the side.
However, it is way too early to predict what will happen next on the campaign trail. And there is no sense in throwing all your apples in to one basket, it’s too early in the campaign to bank your hope here, and bust the bank when you get over there.
Thats my point of view………What do you think? …….. I look forward to your comments. Meanwhile…….Have a great day and as usual…….
God Bless America !!!