I spent some time at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday and Saturday. The event was a surprising success. Like many I was worried about attendance due to no advertising, but the event looked very packed. For 2 full days, activists got educated on messaging, tactics, and tools.
The biggest thing I noticed was something that wasn’t there. Minnesota’s 4th member of Congress Michele Bachmann. Her ignorance of not even having a table or sending a video was inexcusable and a fatal blow to many people who she owes her career to.
She pulled a Pawlenty and took us for granted or put us in the back seat of her career aspirations. Trust me, I get that Minnesota does not play in the POTUS battles. Our Precinct Caucus is non-binding and our Primary falls well after the field is set. But this wasn’t just a Minnesota deal. The Midwest Leadership Conference drew attendees from all over the Midwest.
Part of Bachmann’s downfall, aside from gaffe comments, is because she has stopped attending events like this and making great speeches and motivating people. She’s no longer in the national spotlight because she isn’t out front of the masses. She’s falling into the trap of the ridiculous endorsement system where a couple thousand people hold all the cards.
Barring a miracle and some very big scandals falling on Romney or Cain, Bachmann is now at best a VP candidate in my eyes. Which leaves her with a predicament, short shift her Congressional replacement on campaign by stringing everyone along as to whether she’ll run again, or restart the Congressional campaign and pay attention to the home front.
Many of the people I talked to and have read write-ups on the MLC have all expressed their disappointment in Bachmann blowing us off.
That’s the key, Bachmann blew off her home state. Oh I know, she’s from Iowa, but it is Minnesota that made her a national figure and member of Congress. I’m willing to bet there will be much less cordiality to wait for her from candidates desiring to replace her and they can’t afford to tip toe much longer.
The CD6 Convention is going to take place in April. That’s 6 months away. 6 months to build a campaign from scratch, woo delegates and activists, and identify yourself in the eyes of voters. The 6th District is the most conservative District in Minnesota and its critical that we remain leaders in the Republican Party and we do so by superior firepower (IE candidates and officials)
Now I am going to disclose that I am the Secretary of the CD6 Republicans and this is entirely my own opinion and in no way reflective of that organization nor any other members of that board. Its based on how I was a volunteer for Bachmann’s campaigns and long time supporter in good times and bad, but also as a regular activist who has his eyes on the big picture of our party on a statewide level.
Its insulting to have been stood up by Bachmann. Its was a mistake of biblical proportions to blow off the people who made her who she is.
I for one am ready to move on. So ready to move on I’m crazy enough to say, why can’t I run for Congress?