Monday night the entire country saw why the Tea Party movement likes Michele Bachmann. She’s a straight shooting limited government Constitutionalist with a clear, crisp style of communication.
Even the mainstream media found good things to say about her. One host on MSNBC called her “the thinking man’s Sarah Palin.” A Rasmussen Poll taken after the debate showed her now in second place among Republican Primary voters, trailing front-runner Mitt Romney by a 33-19 margin.
Bachmann is not the only Republican Presidential candidate who appeals to tea partiers. Herman Cain, who placed third in the same poll at 10 percent, has also gained much support, and Ron Paul appeals to the libertarian strain of the movement. All of this points to the need, as his been often mentioned in this space, for a Voices of the Tea Party e-book that rates the current crop of Republican Presidential candidates based on the degree to which they support tea party values.
Part of what the Tea Party movement likes about Bachmann is that she’s consistently been our “go to” Congressman. By that I mean, any time the movement needed a speaker in Washington to lead and headline a rally, Bachmann was there. It didn’t matter if the rally was expected to be lightly or heavily attended. If word got to Bachmann, she always seemed to make a special effort to put her prestige and support on the line.
Another thing tea partiers like about Bachmann–she’s not very popular with the House Republican Leadership. In fact, the impression we get from flyover country is that they absolutely despise her. They didn’t like it when she joined with Congressman Steve King to form the Tea Party Caucus, they didn’t like it when she announced she wanted to win one of the leadership positions last fall, and they don’t like her straightforward, direct, take no prisoners limited government philosophy.
For those of us in the Tea Party movement, there can be no higher praise!
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new e-book, I, Light Bulb: A Death Row Testimonial, will be published in July, 2011. His new book, Covenant of Liberty, will be published by Broadside Books in spring, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .