Michele Bachmann's Leadership Bid Pits Tea Partiers Against Establishment GOPers
Michele Bachmann, tea party dame, announced yesterday on her facebook page that she is running for a top leadership spot in the House:
I am pleased to announce that I am running for Chairman of the House Republican Conference! Constitutional Conservatives deserve a loud and clear voice in leadership!
Republicans will choose their leaders this month. So far, John Boehner is slated as the speaker-to-be, and Eric Cantor will in all likelihood take the number two position as the House majority leader.
But Bachmann will face some opposition in her bid. Patricia Murphy at Politics Daily notes that Bachmann's run may pit tea party conservatives against establishment Republicans:
Bachmann's announcement sets up the first leadership contest between a tea party favorite and a member of the more mainstream wing of the House Republicans, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Although Hensarling is a well-known among his fellow GOP members, he lacks Bachmann's star-wattage and broad following from the newly powerful tea party movement.
So far, Cantor has endorsed Hensarling, as has Mike Pence, the outgoing conference chairman who stepped down, rumor goes, to pursue a gubernatorial bid in Indiana or a presidential bid. As for Boehner's stance on Bachmann's run: on election night he promised tea party activists, "I will never let you down." Will Boehner stay true to his word?
By endorsing Bachmann, the newly empowered GOP leaders now have a chance to send a strong signal of communion to tea partiers--what will Boehner do?
Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, speaking yesterday on CNBC, said that the tea partiers are "in the mainstream of where political thought is right now...[It’s to] Get the deficit under control, get the debt under control and pass on to our children a country that is prosperous and secure."
Endorsing Bachmann should be a no-brainer for Boehner.