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Time to start taking Michele Bachmann’s presidential run seriously, says The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky. Two recent polls have her leading the field in Iowa, and her fundraising numbers, shortly to be announced, are expected to best everybody save frontrunner Mitt Romney. “Depending on which way history’s winds are blowing next spring,” Tomasky concludes, “Bachmann could very well win the nomination.” Going for her are a knack for raising a lot of money in small donations, suggesting the presence of a large army of people out there who have the money and will to write her [more] checks as the nominating process goes on”; and the weakness of her  rivals, fast running out of time to make their mark (“Of course it’s early — but it’s not that early.”) So, most signs point to a Romney-Bachmann smackdown. Oddsmakers will favor Romney, but the calendar might favor Bachmann: if she can split New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, with him, she heads into Super Tuesday in good shape. Mitt will win the big states like California and New York, says Tomasky, but Bachmann will be able to argue that those are Obama states anyway—and that the GOP needs a person who can win big in conservative states. “And it will be an argument that will make people stop and think.” Lastly, in case you hadn’t noticed, in recent years the GOP has been hijacked by extreme ideologues perfectly capable of nominating a Bachmann. “Is there any reason to think that a conservative movement that is at this hour unloading more bile on Mitch McConnell than even on Obama will become more pragmatic when deliberating on its presidential nominee?”
How Bachmann Could Win [Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast]

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