Posted Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at 11:10 AM
It was subtle, but it was there. On the campaign trail, Michele Bachmann has been pushing a new argument for her candidacy: With Obama on the ropes, conservatives don't need to settle for a moderate candidate. She plied this in Orlando, and Jason Noble saw her do it in Cedar Rapids.
"This message has to be driven home by conservatives. We can’t settle,” Bachmann said. “We can’t settle. We have to have a candidate who has it all."
Speaking this morning at a convocation for Liberty University students, Bachmann did not explicitly mention her campaign. But she used that "settling" language to great effect.
"Don't settle with this gift He has given to you," said Bachmann. She imagined the wimpiness of Jews who didn't want to struggle on through the desert. "Let's go back to Egypt! Let's be slaves again, let's not press forward!" The metaphor got a little mixed, as she warned the students about "those who failed to trust in God, those who settled ended up wandering in the wilderness." But she closed with the main theme: "Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you."
It's exactly what she's telling Republican voters.