A bad habit.
An itch in a place you can’t scratch in public.
The Republican Party has an image problem and all the attempts to paint themselves in a different color are being undercut by the former presidential candidate.
Michele Bachman is getting big headlines and lots of airtime.
And with her, that mean more opportunities to say stupid things and open the party to more criticism.
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The Minnesota Representative is also in the middle of a long list of legal proceedings related to her rolling disaster of a presidential campaign.
Included is an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into campaign improprieties.
It’s almost as if Bachmann were planted in the Republican Party by the Democrats with the job of chasing away a wide range of voters.
Her latest cringe-inducing comment, this time on ObamaCare:
“Let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that. Let’s love people. Let’s care about people. Let’s repeal it now while we can.”
While some rational Republicans have distanced themselves from Bachmann, she is still popular with party members who believe in the paranoia-tinged political rhetoric that alienates independents, centrists, moderates, and many young people.
In other words – just about everyone.
Other right-wing wackos, like Glenn Beck, say the real reason Bachmann is being investigated is because a faction of “radical Islam” embedded in the government is out to get her.
It’s not what “anyone” are doing to Bachmann but what Bachmann is doing to herself.
The lady lands on the front page because of her WTF statements that destroy her credibility.
She was nothing more than a conservative extremist when she entered the 2012 presidential race, yet she eventually took the lead.
But when it became time to broaden her appeal, she wasn’t able to ditch the over-the-top crap to appeal to anyone but the Tea Party and other Republicans who love the talk-show circuit.
In other words, the majority of Republican primary voters decided she was not someone they would want in the White House.
She didn’t do anything really stupid to lose that lead.
There was no dirt in her past, like Herman Cain, or inability to debate well, like Rick Perry.
What seemed to put off Republican supporters was the same thing that’s always bothered the rest of us about her:
Michele Bachmann seems just a little crazy.
She speaks in apocalyptic terms about President Obama and Democrats.
She has never met an inaccuracy or exaggeration she didn’t like in her thirst to negatively define the other side.
Even her way of speaking seems to resemble the late Gilda Radner playing Rosanne Rosannadanna on Saturday Night Live.
Bachmann is not going away.
The way her Minnesota district is set up, she has nothing to worry about.
She’ll get sound bites and make headlines for years to come.
Voters that the GOP needs will continue to see her and many will decide to steer clear of the Republican Party because she makes it seem a little crazy.