Remember the Early Obama? Don't Write Off Bachmann.

Remember the Early Obama? Don't Write Off Bachmann.

Remember the Early Obama? Don't Write Off Bachmann.

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
March 24 2011 12:21 PM

Remember the Early Obama? Don't Write Off Bachmann.

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I don't know, Noreen -when you look back at Barack Obama in early 2007, Michele Bachmann doesn't look like such a long shot. After all, who was he when he announced his own committee back in January '07 ? A former state senator (like Bachmann), a relatively new member of Congress (he spent fewer years there than Bachmann has), a guy who'd made a big splash in his party (in his case, with his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention; in hers, it's her Tea Party activism all the way), and a guy who was taking his fair share of mockery for his l ong-shot Presidential run -even Slate 's own Timothy Noah had him on " Messiah Watch ," which, while arguably positive coverage, does suggest a certain degree of, well, not quite taking the guy with the completely impolitic name seriously.

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But it was his moment. He was riding his wave, and he rode it brilliantly. I think Michele Bachmann at least thinks she sees a similar wave coming in her direction, and she's not going to let it pass her by.

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