Rupert Cornwell: Rising star of the US Right is certainly no 'Palin lite'
She will make a decision by June, but she behaves more like a candidate with each passing day
She has five children and long dark hair. She is prone to gaffes, but can she fire up a crowd. She appeals especially strongly to the conservative wing of her party, Tea Party types and born-again Christians alike. She's a terrific fundraiser, and is seriously considering a White House run. Oh, and one other thing. She's not Sarah Palin.
In the thus-far lacklustre Republican contest to produce a challenger to Barack Obama next year, meet Michele Bachmann. She may have been a member of Congress for barely four years and she is hardly a blip in national polls. Indeed, officially she is not even a candidate.