Imagine that you're a political consultant hired by a presidential campaign. Your candidate is young, smart and attractive, and has a fervent fan base. The candidate has got it all — a bachelor's degree and two law degrees, one in tax law; five years of experience as a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in U.S. Tax Court; 10 years of combined experience in a state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, and an all-American family that includes five children of her own, a farm, and 23 foster children.
That should be a dream candidate, right? But for some reason, the prospect of a Michele Bachmann presidency has failed to garner the respect it deserves. By that I mean any respect whatsoever.
I know from experience. A few months back, while performing the seldom-dignified duty of political punditry, I suggested on "Larry King Live" that I'd like to see her run in 2012, only to be met by laughs from the rest of the mostly liberal panel. King's own response was, "Are you kidding or do you mean that?"
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