Chris Wallace had Michelle Bachmann on Fox News Sunday, and besides asking about her family taking advantage of federal programs Wallace had the temerity to ask Bachmann whether she was a “flake”. Wallace issued an apology via the FNS website yesterday after being pelted with protests by Bachmann supporters. I happen to think that Wallace is a pretty tough interviewer, regardless of the party affiliation of the person being interviewed. Was Wallace off base in his questioning?
Regardless of the Wallace interview Bachmann is on the rise, descending on Iowa today, showing herself to be a major force in the Republican nominating contest. A Politico story today deals with her surge, and dismisses some of the caricature of her that has been created by some of her public pronouncements.
“She works to know her audience and will customize her message and her tone to resonate with the audience she’s speaking to,” said Ron Carey, a former chairman of the Minnesota GOP who served briefly as Bachmann’s congressional chief of staff. “She’s smart enough to modify and still find areas of agreement but make sure she doesn’t use some of the red meat rhetoric to emphasize her points.”
I think that, as of today, Bachmann will easily win in Iowa. She will take advantage of the media fascination with her to get plenty of free coverage, and she has always shown herself to be a prolific fundraiser. The Bachmann train is picking up steam. Will the candidates she is about to extinguish in Iowa go negative?
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