The world has been asking one magnetic, controversial, conservative brunette for months now whether she'll be running for president. But since Sarah Palin has refused to answer, Michele Bachmann is proceeding as if she were the brunette in question: Late last week, sources close to Bachmann said she plans to throw her hat in the ring for the GOP nomination. Her first-mover advantage might make life quite difficult for Palin, since the two women would draw from a similar pool of social conservatives and Tea Party voters. It's possible the surprisingly popular Bachmann could build key early momentum in Iowa, which is looking quite socially conservative this election cycle, and grab voters even before Palin declares.
Palin, meanwhile, took to Facebook to broadcast that she is done engaging in petty squabbles with the lamestream media, and will now "pick her battles." First, though, she defensively declared that such feuds don't constitute "playing the victim card"—a charge that was among the highly critical accusations leveled at her by prominent conservatives in a recent Politico piece. Whether Palin actually does dial back the grudge matches isn't really the point (I wouldn't put money on it); what's interesting is that she seems worried that she might be damaging her reputation as a serious political player. She'd have ignored such criticisms if she were only concerned about stoking the fires of celebrity. Still, this only offsets the Bachmann news slightly, so the Palin meter dips to 49 percent.
Previous Palin Meter Readings
TODAY IN SLATE
The Self-Made Man
The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke
Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?
The First Case of Ebola in America Has Been Diagnosed in Dallas
Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10
Mad About Modi
Why the controversial Indian prime minister drew 19,000 cheering fans to Madison Square Garden.
You Deserve a Pre-cation
The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.