Rep. Michele Bachmann (photo: theqspeaks)

Doodley doodley doo. Another day, another instance of Michele Bachmann scaring the crap out of Republican bigwigs in a way Sarah Palin never could:

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann raised more than $2 million through her campaign fund and political action committee over the first 90 days of 2011, a considerable sum that serves as a reminder of her fundraising prowess heading into the 2012 presidential race.

The Minnesota conservative raised $1.7 million for her congressional reelection campaign and an additional $500,000 for her PAC. Campaign funds could be transferred to a future presidential campaign; PAC funds could not.

That’s right, gang: She pulled in over $2.2 million. By the way, Mitt Romney, the alleged front-runner, only got $1.9 million during the same period. (Meanwhile, fellow Minnesota Republican and former governor Tim Pawlenty is reduced to channelling Charlie Sheen as she leaves him behind.)

That plopping sound you’re hearing? RNC leadership figures extruding rectangular building materials out their butts.

Of course Michele Bachmann raised $2.2 million without even breaking a sweat. She’s the next Tom DeLay.

As I’ve told my friends repeatedly ever since she announced her decision to make Tim Pawlenty’s life miserable explore a run for the presidency, there is absolutely no downside to her running all-out for president at this time. None.

If she somehow gets the nomination — which won’t happen as Huckabee and Romney will unite to prevent it — she’s happy; but if she doesn’t, she’s actually better off as it’ll enhance her ability to wring bucks out of religious donors, because when Obama beats Huckabee or Romney or whichever white male actually gets the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, she’ll then be able to (falsely) claim: “Now I woulda beat the Kenyan, but noooo! You had to go with the RINOs!”

And so she’ll then plan for 2016, using her victimhood status — and her growing influence over the ‘baggers and blue-tapers — to entrench herself so firmly that she could be caught French-kissing Lynne Cheney and still win reelection to her House seat.

You heard it here first.