It’s tempting to dismiss this report as far-fetched, but with today’s Republican Party, there’s no such thing as too crazy.
As if Rep. Michele Bachmann’s foray into the early-voting state of Iowa didn’t raise enough 2012 speculation already, now comes news the Minnesota Republican will meet behind closed doors with two of the most important GOP officials in the state.
Bachmann, who is heading to Des Moines Friday to deliver a keynote address at an event sponsored by the Iowans for Tax Relief, is also scheduled to meet with newly-minted Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa GOP head Matt Strawn, Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben tells CNN.
Apparently, Gov. Branstad will meet with any nut off the street, because here’s Bachmann in April 2009, rambling about Obama gulags:
I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.
If Bachmann enters the race, the big losers would be The Quitter and Willard.
Consider: The Quitter would suddenly find herself in a three-way race for the always-crucial fundie vote (with Huck). And with a true Teahadist in the mix, Willard would have to stake out even crazier positions than John McCain was forced to in the ’08 primary — just to keep up.
Dwight D. Eisenhower weeps.