Forget the fervent chatter speculating that Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering launching a campaign to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar for the Minnesota U.S. Senate seat in the next national election cycle. Think bigger.
ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
A source close to the three-term congresswoman said Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month for multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, also is set to deliver a keynote speech at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.
While a trip to Iowa is certainly not a trip to Jerusalem, it's certainly enough of an indicator to get prominent conservative bloggers foaming at the mouth, if but for the buzz it would generate within the modern conservative movement.
I'm guessing Bachmann will attempt a run, but would likely end up dropping out when her fan base ends up insisting that she's spending too much time ignoring her "duties" as Congresswoman. Still, she's made enough noise about how "experience" is necessary that people will likely start comparing her acumen to Palin's. Not that I would ever consider supporting either of these right-wing loons, but at least Bachmann hasn't quit yet.
Get your popcorn ready kids.