Whoops! Looks like I may have blown a prediction. After looking at Bachmann numbers from earlier this year, I went out on a limb and predicted that Bachmann would try to get into the race for Minnesota governor or senator. Her numbers in Minnesota polling and her district had been surprisingly strong, given the fact that she’s a nut, liar and bigot.
But tonight the Minnesota Independent reports that a new poll shows that Minnesotans view Bachmann unfavorably. Excerpt:
Poll: Majority of Minnesotans ‘embarrassed’ by Bachmann
By Paul Schmelzer 2/11/10 6:00 AM
A new survey of Minnesotans shows that a majority of residents – 56 percent – are embarrassed by Rep. Michele Bachmann. The release of the survey, commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America and Credo Action, follows recent high-profile statements by Bachmann that she believes President Barack Obama wants to “annihilate” conservatives, that the U.S. faces a “curse” – and extinction – if it fails to support Israel, and that government must “wean” Americans off of social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.
…Predictably, 87 percent of Democrats polled said they were embarrassed, while only 12 percent of Republicans agreed (58 pecent of Republican respondents said they were proud of Bachmann)…
…The survey of 600 Minnesotans gauged feedback based on gender (by four percentage points, more women favored Bachmann than men), race (55 percent of whites are embarrassed by the congresswoman, while 80 percent of people of other races held that sentiment) and congressional district.
Good news for those of us who want to see Michele Bachmann’s political career go no higher than the Sixth District level. I’d feel better if it had been a conservative polling outfit that had come to these conclusions, but conservatives are unlikely to disclose findings like that.
I’m not withdrawing my prediction–yet. But this is good news for Bachmann opponents everywhere. If Bachmann is as unpopular in Minnesota as this poll indicates (it’s a reversal of a trend found in a poll conducted earlier this year) it’s going to be that much harder for her to convince the MN GOP that’s she’s the go-to candidate for higher office in the state.
And conventional political wisdom holds that a politician has to hold a serious leadership position–state governor, senator or military leader–to get serious consideration for a White House run.
So let’s hope that the Progressive Change Campaign Committee/Democracy for America/Credo Action poll findings hold for the foreseeable future.
By the way: since the Minnesota Independent has done the best regular reporting on Bachmann’s career in this state, changes in MnIndy are worth noting here.
David Brauer of the MinnPost.com reports that MNIndy editor Paul Schmelzer has been promoted to managing editor of newly renamed parent American Independent News Network (AINN). (Schmelzer, by the way, is the author of this latest Bachmann poll story.)
Schmelzer says that MNIndy will still be his primary duty, and MNIndy still retains Andy Birkey has a reporter. Birkey is perhaps the best regular reporter on the Bachmann story in this state.
Read the MNIndy article on poll results, paying special attention to the findings on the views of independent voters that are mentioned in the fifth paragraph: