Michele Bachmann: I Won’t Mud Wrestle With Sarah Palin

Today in South Carolina, Michele Bachmann downplayed speculation that a Palin entry into the race would result in the two female candidates going after each other for the same voters:

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Michele Bachmann downplayed tensions with Sarah Palin here Wednesday morning.

“They want to see two girls come together and have a mud wrestling fight,” the Minnesota congresswoman said. “And I’m not going to give it to ’em.”

Duly noted.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. legion says:

    Paging Larry Flynt. Mr. Flynt to the white courtesy phone, please…

  2. G.A.Phillips says:


  3. Moosebreath says:

    Am I a bad person if my first thought was to think how much she could collect in campaign donations if she did it on pay per view?

  4. mattb says:

    Like Romney at the debate, Bachmann is currently so far ahead of Palin that any mudslinging would hurt Bachmann more than help her.

    As an aside, it’s interesting to note that whereas coverage of Palin’s presence in NH tended to over shadow Romney’s announcement, the premier of Palin’s film in Iowa didn’t register anywhere near as big in the face of Bachmann’s announcement the day before. I think that’s telling about whose currently commanding the populist “power.”

  5. hey norm says:

    I have one word for you two ladies…J-E-L-L-O

  6. Wiley Stoner says:

    Just like any other contest between these two women, Palin would win. She will win against Bachmann, and finally she will defeat Doug’s boy, Obama. No racial slur intended.

  7. Robert in SF says:

    Notice how she projects the image of “the press” or “they” wanting a mud-wrestling contest between the two women….playing the “sexist” card, subtly, but playing it…

    I predict that she is slowly building the case that the media, the press, the Democrats, anyone who questions her is sexist, and doesn’t treat her with respect because she is a woman…That “they” want to demean her, marginalize her, dismiss her, because she is a woman, and as such, don’t believe a thing “they” tell you or question her at all!

    Let’s see how the meme develops for her going forward.