Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Maple Street, keeps threatening to run for president. She is currently exploring the formation of an exploratory committee. Despite the fact that she has not yet made her decision, she is already fundraising, because she is only running for president to go on TV and raise money.
The founder of the House Tea Party Caucus sent an email to her supporter list asking them to take a poll about the 2012 race, but what she really wants is for them to vote with their wallets:
If you want me to continue fighting the big-government Obama agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives, please make a generous donation of $25. If you want me to seek the Presidency, please make a donation of $50 or even $100 to let me know I can count on you.
How much should one donate to help her decide to just go away forever, though? (I am guessing the answer is, "you couldn't afford it.")
Considering the odd quasi-success of Herman Cain and the fact that the party's base has very little interest in all of the rest of the candidates, Bachmann would probably wield quite a bit of influence in the primaries. It could be fun to watch supposedly serious-minded candidates grovel for her approval once she dropped out, I guess. And these days she's all buddy-buddy with Ron Paul, so maybe she will soon announce that she is also pro-heroin?
I am just looking for some sort of silver lining to the continued, demoralizing political prominence of a person who is very obviously deranged. It's going to be a long election!