For Some Bizarre Reason, Michele Bachamann Thinks She’s Qualified To Be Vice-President

If there’s one name that clearly hasn’t been on the short list of anyone talking about potential running mates for Mitt Romney, it’s Minnesota Congressman Michele Bachmann. Given her bizarre performances during the GOP nomination fight on issues like Gardisil and her even more bizarre statements as a Congresswoman, there’s really no rational reason why anyone should think that Romney is considering her. If anything, it would be a repeat of the 2008 Palin fiasco, and I think it’s fairly clear that Romney is not going to go for a “game changing” pick like McCain did. So, the odds of Michele Bachmann being the VP nominee are about as high as the odds of George Clooney deciding to support the Romney campaign after all.

Apparently, someone hasn’t told Michele Bachmann this:

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann did not deny Monday whether she was being vetted for the job of Mitt Romney’s running mate.

“Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment’s notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House,” the Minnesota congresswoman said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

Pressed further if she was being considered for the gig, Bachmann, whose name has not been frequently mentioned as a potential contender, left it up to the presumptive GOP nominee and his team to make a comment.

“Well, that’s something for the campaign to answer on,” she said. “That’s not for me to make that decision, and that announcement.”

Here’s some advice Michele, don’t sit there waiting for the phone to ring.

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  1. Fiona says:

    Having seen how well that Palin pick worked out for his predecessor, I’m sure Romney will avoid Palin II like the plague. As for Michele Bachman, she thought she could be president so it comes as little surprise that she thinks she’s a viable vice-presidential candidate. She’s just a tad delusional.

  2. Moosebreath says:

    She’s qualified in the Constitutional sense. By the same token, so am I. Our chances are equal to at least 3 decimal places.

  3. Here’s some advice Michele, don’t sit there waiting for the phone to ring.

    I don’t think she is. This came across more as “humoring stupid question from Piers Morgan” than “I seriously think I’m under consideration”.

  4. Argon says:

    It wouldn’t be a repeat of Palin, it would be Palin^2.

  5. gVOR08 says:

    Doug, the real issue is that a fair chunk of Republican voters, at least half, likely closer to three quarters, believe she’s qualified. Doesn’t that frighten you?

    Do you see any symmetry here? Can you name a past or potential Democratic candidate who’s clearly unqualified, yet a majority of Democrats could have supported? I like Dennis Kucinich, but I wouldn’t vote to nominate him and he never got any significant support.

    We have a few commenters I expect I can count on to name Obama and think they’re clever, but they’re likely people who think Bachmann’s qualified.

  6. al-Ameda says:

    God, I absolutely hope that Mitt Romney selects Michele Bachmann to be his vice-presidentiial running mate.

    After all, Michele would bring a needed perspective and understanding of just how important the federal government can be to a family – her salary and health insurance benefits are paid by the feds, a significant proportion of the revenue to her husband’s business come from the feds, her family’s farm received federal farm subsidy support.

    Plus, she understands our nation’s founders, like no other: “But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

  7. Scott says:

    @Fiona: A tad?

  8. PJ says:

    I thought Bachmann was busy pleading the Swiss to allow her to regain her Swiss citizenship so that she could escape the tyranny of Obamacare.

  9. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Please. Someone, anyone, make the case that she’d be worse at it than Joe Biden.

    The one positive about Biden is that it got him out of the Senate and into a place where he can’t really do any real damage.

    By that reasoning, this would most likely get Bachmann out of the House…

  10. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Isn’t Piers Morgan the dude who was a judge on “America’s Got Talent?” Since when has he been on CNN?

    In any event, regarding Bachmann’s chances of being Romney’s running mate, they fall somewhere between zero and 0.0.

  11. @Tsar Nicholas:

    Since when has he been on CNN?

    Since the News of the World wiretapping scandal began coming out in the UK and Morgan, who was a former editor their, realized now might be a good time to be in another country.

  12. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Please. Someone, anyone, make the case that she’d be worse at it than Joe Biden.

    Okay, no problem.
    (1) Biden is sane, but talks too much. Bachmann is insane, but talks too much.
    Who would you rather listen to – the sane person who talks too much, or the insane person who talks too much?
    (2) Biden is from Delaware, an actual state of the United States of America. Bachmann is likely from Mars (she’s never proved otherwise), the probable 51st state if Gingrich has his way.

  13. labman57 says:

    Palin 2.0