Michele Bachmann was interviewed again by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. And I must say it was another stellar performance.
She was asked about Herman Cain, about his blunders last week over abortion and negotiating with terrorists and changing his 9-9-9 plan. She was reserved in her criticism and said she wouldn’t judge him but would leave that to the voters.
I like Herman Cain. He’s a likable guy. But you know the establishment press and Obama’s war chest would make mincemeat of him with this propensity of his for blunders. And then Michele Bachmann pointed out that when you’re president, you have to get these things right. So these things are not just a problem for the campaign, but cause problems when you try to govern.
And Newt Gingrich is rising in popularity. But oh, what short memories some of us have. Remember his moral indiscretions? A Democrat can get away with these things. But many Republicans will either vote against that kind of behavior or simply stay home. Don’t think that the establishment press won’t milk that weakness for all it’s worth. And remember his “green conservatism?” Serious liabilities these.
And Rick Perry has shown himself also prone to campaign gaffes and poor judgment. George W. Bush is a serious intellectual, but the media has still been able to get many people to view him as a shoot-from-the-hip cowboy who doesn’t know what a library was. Or is that liberry? Rick Perry is starting to appear that way without much help at all from the media. Imagine what he will look like after the media get their chance to bloody him up good.
And Romney? Remember the flip-flop interview with Tim Russert? Remember he brought out a pair of flip-flops? We don’t want a candidate going after Obama with a muddied message. I like Romney. I’m LDS. I think at least 80% of LDS Republican voters will vote for him for the nomination. Not me. He’s not a solid conservative, and you know that in your heart, don’t you.
And all the while Michele Bachmann handles all the pressure, the interviews, the debates, pretty much gaffe-free. And what her opponents have tried to bring her down with has mostly all bounced off. Not knowing Elvis’s birthday? Saying New Hampshire when she meant Massachusetts? Passing along a comment someone told her after her debate that maybe should have been fact-checked? All these are minor, insignificant. The woman is smart, bold, and solid in her convictions. She has a strong grasp of what the job of the presidency involves. I have seen her grilled on foreign policy, economics, social issues, and the mechanics of government, and she has handled the questions brilliantly, as she did again on Sunday. And her message of spending restraint, a return to traditional values, and free-market economics resonates with the great body of the American people. Look at how she is in line with current popular opinion. People didn’t want the TARP bailouts, or any other bailouts. They don’t want to be fondled by the TSA. They didn’t want the debt ceiling increased. They support traditional marriage. They want our government to be tough with our enemies and good with our friends. They oppose granting favors to illegal immigrants. The other Republican candidates, Rick Santorum excepted, all have weaknesses in these areas – she doesn’t.
All she needs now, to perk up her campaign, is a few key endorsements.