Conservative GOP donors routinely spent at least $10 million to ensure that Michele Bachmann would be reelected to the US House. They'll likely now be able to spend less to keep that seat in Republican hands.
Will Michele Bachmann’s impending retirement from the House save the Republican right wing money? That’s the interesting thesis David Freddoso offered at the blog Conservative Intelligence Briefing on Wednesday.
Mr. Freddoso says he thinks Ms. Bachmann is sincere about her political values, many of which he shares. But he adds that it’s a good thing for the GOP that conservative small donors now won’t be spending more than $10 million to reelect her to a safe Republican House seat every two years.
“Campaign money is a limited resource, and Michele Bachmann may hold a lifetime record for wasting it,” Freddoso writes.
It’s true that Bachmann has long been one of the most skilled fundraisers in US politics. She’s had to be, as her controversial and at times inaccurate statements on everything from the effect of vaccinations to John Wayne’s birthplace have sometimes helped her Democratic opponents in a Minnesota district that otherwise leans GOP.