Self-proclaimed tea party leader Michele Bachmann's bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner, an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement's winners in Tuesday's elections.
"Constitutional conservatives deserve a loud and clear voice in leadership!" Bachmann, R-Minn., who founded the Tea Party Caucus, said in a one-paragraph Facebook announcement that she is running for GOP conference chairman.
House Republican leaders don't disagree. But that doesn't mean they want the hyperbolic Bachmann being a spokeswoman for the new majority during the 2012 election cycle.
Boehner, aware of the role tea partiers played in making him the next House speaker, is endorsing no one. His lieutenants are lining up behind Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, leaving no doubt that Hensarling – and not Bachmann – is the leadership favorite to chair the GOP conference.
And while no one can take Boehner's silence on Bachmann's desires to mean that he doesn't want anything to do with her, this does bring up the very real aspect of how the "entrenched politicians" that the Tea Baggers were allegedly against are going to deal with the new faces on Capital Hill. In other words, are we likely to see the modern GOP even further divided now that they have the gains in the House that they wanted?
In which Palin isn't exactly endorsing the woman she initially defends - from completely unfounded claims, mind you - in this piece from the Daily Caller.
In terms of the leadership fight between Bachmann and Hensarling, Palin said she was not taking a position — not yet, at least.
“I’m taking a position on who gets to sit in the big boy highchair this morning for breakfast… Trig or Tripp?” Palin said, referring to her son and grandson, respectively.
“Leadership in the US Congress this morning? Nah … not ’till after the Cheerios,” Palin said.
I think she actually means not 'till after she downs a double-shot of kool-aid fed to her from the folks at the Fox"News" payroll department.