Gandelman: The Michele Bachmann Sideshow Is Hurting The GOP
Her appeal is limited.
The Minnesota lawmaker alienates independents, moderates, and young voters — and she’s not going anywhere
Attention GOP: Your rebranding attempts are being undercut by a segment of your party getting big headlines and lots of air time — a segment symbolized by the Minnesota quote-machine, Rep. Michele Bachmann…
Does all this mean Bachmann won’t get re-elected? No it doesn’t. The way her district is set up, she has nothing to worry about. Bachmann will likely be around for a while, maybe even for another doomed presidential bid. She’ll get the sound bites and make headlines. Voters that the GOP needs will continue to see her and be reminded of the party’s lack of inclusiveness. And many will decide to steer clear of the GOP — and its off-putting sideshow.