Tuesday 26 September 2017

Rupert Cornwell: Rising star of the US Right is certainly no 'Palin lite'

Michele Bachmann electrifies her audience last weekend in Washington, DC
Michele Bachmann electrifies her audience last weekend in Washington, DC

Rupert Cornwell in Washington

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.

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