Monday, June 27, 2011

Michele Bachmann, Flake, running for GOP Nomination

Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota, has been getting a fair amount of attention as the race for the GOP nomination for President kicks into "higher" gear.

A favorite of Tea Party voters, Bachmann is doing better in the polls (in Iowa at least) and pundits have taken note of her recent performance in the GOP candidates' debate.

There are others, including Chris Wallace of Fox News, who aren't ready to take Bachmann so seriously. On Sunday's broadcast, Wallace called Bachmann a "flake." Here's a video of the now viral clip:

Bachmann found the comment offensive (with good reason) and Wallace later apologized for his actions. Steve Kornacki over at Salon offers a good summary of the incident and the potential boost in popularity it may actually give Bachmann amongst her most dedicated supporters.

Flake or not, Bachmann's past public performances will be an important factor to address as her campaign moves forward. Remember her Tea Party response to the State of the Union earlier this year? Her performance was so problematic that SNL opened with their parody version on their January 31, 2011 broadcast.

And after reviewing the original, it's pretty clear that the parody wasn't all that different from her original performance. Why didn't somebody just tell her to look into the camera? In any event, as someone who studies political comedy, bring on the Bachmann!

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