Michele Bachmann Will Give a State of the Union Response

Michele Bachmann Will Give a State of the Union Response

Michele Bachmann Will Give a State of the Union Response

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Jan. 21 2011 3:53 PM

Michele Bachmann Will Give a State of the Union Response

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According to the Daily Caller , Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will deliver a speech on behalf of the Tea Party after Tuesday's State of the Union Address. As in, a separate response from the one the Republican Party will give officially. That's one more step away from the party that spurned Bachmann's attempts to join its leadership, and a clear signal that the Tea Party doesn't want to be subsumed quite as readily as the GOP may have hoped. (The GOP is similarly splintered elsewhere; a federal commission on the financial crisis will issue three reports, one from Democrats and two from Republicans, of whom there are four on the panel.)

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At the very least, the speech will be another huge publicity grab from Bachmann, who's recently signaled she might be interested in running for both Senate and president . Bachmann has always seemed to me to be chasing Palin; if stars had been otherwise aligned, she might have filled the role Palin plays in our mediascape, and I've always sort of imagined that there must be a rivalry , even if unspoken, between the two women. If that's the case, of late Bachmann seems to be catching up: Palin's reality show was a bit of a flop, and she's been damaged a bit by all the criticism of her martial rhetoric after the Tucson shooting. And, well, she doesn't really have a job! Unlike Bachmann, who has been working her anti-establishment angle just enough inside the establishment to give her cred-and to land (or maybe create for herself) gigs like this one.

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.