How can Michele Bachmann reestablish herself as a serious contender at tonight's debate?
September 12th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

How can Michele Bachmann reestablish herself as a serious contender at tonight's debate?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Of all the Republican candidates in tonight's tea party debate... so-called tea party queen Michele Bachmann probably has the most at stake.

It wasn't so long ago that Bachmann was a GOP favorite. She started raising Republican eyebrows after a strong debate performance this summer and a victory in the Iowa straw poll a few weeks back.

But all that was before Rick Perry launched his campaign. And since Perry - another conservative, tea party favorite - has joined the race and grabbed the spotlight, the question on a lot of people's lips these days is "Michele who?"

Many thought Bachmann was too restrained at last week's debate - which was mostly a back and forth between Perry and Mitt Romney. Also, some say she hasn't been able to capitalize on that straw poll win.

In CNN's latest poll, Bachmann receives a measly 4%. That's way behind Perry at 30%, but also behind others who poll in the double digits - like Romney, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin - who's not even a candidate.

So look for tonight to be a "do or die" moment for the Minnesota congresswoman - either she finds her footing again and the campaign picks up speed... or it could be over before it starts.

My guess is one interested viewer of tonight's debate might be Sarah Palin. If Bachmann doesn't do well… well, who knows.

Here’s my question to you: How can Michele Bachmann reestablish herself as a serious contender at tonight's debate?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

It would help if she took off the fake smile, stopped the rhetoric and answered questions honestly. When she doesn't have an answer or a plan she avoids the question with her "Obama is a one term president" hollering.

She can't! Perry has out tea-partied her. It was hard to do, but he did it.

Larry in Denver:
It’s too late, unless of course Rick Perry collapses (from a bout of Social Security ponzi), Mitt Romney becomes the poster child for Obamacare and there are no other new challengers. One and done. You slip, you fall, you can’t get up. See ya, Michele!

Not to sound mean but Bachmann loses her credibility almost every time that she opens her mouth.

Kim on Facebook:
She's done. Republicans are now infatuated with Pretty Ricky.

Dave in Phoenix, Arizona:
She can't, because she never was. You cannot run around making ignorant and moronic statements and expect people to take you seriously.

Ken in Atlantic City, New Jersey:
She can't re-establish herself. The media have already decided to call her a psycho or put her in the sideshow. She is a federal tax lawyer, a businesswoman, and a congresswoman but that does not seem to be good enough.

Richard in Oak Harbor, Washington:
Michele Bachmann like Sarah Palin at best can only succeed as a vice presidential running mate in a beauty contest where substance has no real importance.

Ann in Charleston, South Carolina:
Why do we want Michele Bachmann to be a serious contender?

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  1. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Its too late, unless of course Rick Perry collapses (from a bout of Social Security ponzi), Mitt Romney becomes the poster child for Obamacare and there are no other new challengers. One and done. You slip, you fall, you cant get up. See ya Michelle!

    September 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    Maybe she should admint she is out of it, and endorse Ron Paul for President. He's the true convservative, and the true person of change.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    September 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  3. david

    She cant and she wont.. To bad we cant put an injunction on u.s. senate from minnesota, SHe represents everything that is wrong with empowering individuals to rule over others.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  4. Susan

    By announcing that she's pulling out of the race in order to be a serious contender for her seat in the House of Representatives.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Dan in Aluququerque

    "She can only do that by sdopting a compromising, reasonable attitude and refraining from misguided Obama bashing, while putting the blame squarely where it belongs: Congress and obstructionism. Look for that to happen while you are looking for the Chinese to forgive our debt and corporations to being using their trillions to help America.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  6. John James

    She is finished. Her creditibilty is gone and her policy of no new taxes will doom her to failure. She should give her support to Perry who is another loser. Romney is the best chance the Republicans will have of winning the election. How about Romney as president and Condelicia Rice as Vice President? Oak Hill West Virginia

    September 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  7. Frances

    She can't! Perry has out tea partied her. It was hard to do, but he did it.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  8. benny

    I think the best and smartest way would be for her to take Tim Pawlenty as her ideal role model; she should anounce she will dropping from the competition.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  9. J.D.

    Considering it is a "Tea Party" debate, all she has to do is be herself to be winner among the crazies. This might be a debate worth watching just for the comedy value.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  10. Jk from Minnesota

    All the extreme makeover in the world can't fix it Jack. Since she loves Iowa so much (just listen to her speeches), I wish she would move back there permanently; she doesn't do much for Minnesota with her loony talk. I guess when you think about it, though, the loon is the MN state bird.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    You are making a huge assumption – that she was ever a serious contender or deserved to be. I simply can't buy this premise, Jack.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  12. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Michele Bachmann like Sarah Palin at best can only succeed as a Vice Presidential running mate in a beauty contest where substance has no real importance. None of the Republican contenders can deliver on meaningful campaign promises to the voters who stand to lose more than gain from inevitable GOP budget takeaways.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  13. david

    she cant.. People like her should never be in govt.. We should have democracy measures put in place so we can put injunctions on u.s. senators from certain states who undermine our individual freedoms when govt atttempts to interpret that corporations are individuals.she gives added meaning to bourgosie and vanity plated lifestyles

    September 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  14. Mark Ivy

    There is no way that Michelle Bachmann can re-emerge as a serious presidential contender. Ms. Bachmann with her clear lack of a grasp of facts, history and extreme view points on a variety of subjects has made her the dictionary definition of a "wannabe". She may want and be perfectly sincere in her desire to become the first female president, but that does translate in to being the woman for the job. If she decides to come back to Earth and disavow her flights of fantasy, she may, however, remain relevant representing her constituents in Minnesota. She has outlasted her "15 minutes of fame" and it is time to fade into a memory.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  15. Jim in Alabama

    She can remember a quote by Lincoln: "it's better to be thought a fool that to speak out and remove all doubt."

    September 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  16. David, from Plant City Florida

    She cant, she was never a serious candidate.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  17. Kevin in CA

    Bachmann can do a couple of things:
    1) Appear to be more "Religious" than Perry.
    2) Dumb down her message even lower than Romney's.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I don't think anyone ever took her seriously as a viable candidate for president. I don't think there is anyone that is going to be convinced to vote for her by her anti Gay views or her stance on intelligent design. She did manage to convince me of one thing though and that is there must be an alternative universe because she is obviously living in one.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  19. John from Alabama

    Jack: To reestablish herself, Michelle Bachmann, must sing the Tea Party anthem of no taxes and no government interference in our lives. Ms. Bachmann must be anti-immigrant, anti- government jobs act, and anti spending of any taxes. Of couurse, she must protect and educate children, and protect our seniors, and be a hawk for the military. Now, how in the heck, she does that with less taxes is beyond America's comprehension. This nation does not like what it hears from Gov. Rick Perry on social security, and Romney made money on business, because he downsized everything. Michelle Bachmann must attack them on those topics in this debate. Frankly, I do not care for any of the Republicans running, because of the debt ceiling mess.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  20. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    She can get Dorothy to take her to see the Wizard to put a heart in but she'd be standing in line behind Palin who needs a brain. But all in all, she can't as she is too far off of the cliff to the right and she has no realistic plan or the ability to sell it. When she writes her book, which they all do, she can say, "When I ran for President".

    September 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  21. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    One thing Bachmann could do is stop messing into people's social lives. Another thing would be for her to stop making outrageous statements like, god is punishing us for not balancing the budget with hurricanes and earthquakes. She claims that was in fun and she was not serious, but it really doesn't matter whether she was serious or not, she should stop making stupid statements like that. My advice for the whole field would be they are all pasted up against the left side. They really look stupid when they take a pledge that prevents them from taking a good deal. Like turning down the deal for every $10.00 cut in the budget they raise taxes by $1.00 on the highest income.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  22. NORA H.G, CC TX

    Is this a trick question? Really? When was she a serious contender? Lots of people take her as serious today as they ever have. Maybe she was your favorite Jack and you want her to be taken seriously. Oh well, to each his own I guess........

    September 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  23. Ann from Charleston SC

    Why do we want Michelle Bachmann to be a serious contender?

    September 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  24. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Michele Bachmann became popular by throwing red meat to rabid crowds which led to many unfortunate quotes. Since announcing her candidacy and competing on the national stage her handlers have gotten her to tone down the crazy and be more reasonable. Unfortunately for her, reasonable candidates are not what the conservative primary voters are looking for so, no Jack, she isn't taking back the lead anytime soon.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  25. Greg in Arkansas

    A "serious contender"?....for President?.... with her pre-school understanding of complex global economics coupled with simplistic solutions that can be printed on a bumper sticker, Michele Bachmann would not be a "serious contender" for a job as a cartoon character on Sesame Street, much less, a job as Commander-In-Chief on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  26. Jenna Roseville CA

    How can Michele Bachmann reestablish herself as a serious contender at tonight's debate?

    Jack, she was never a serious contender to begin with. If you want to talk Iowa's straw poll remember that it is nothing more than fundraising and her campaign purchsed 6 Thousand votes for her to had out and only 4 Thousand "voted" used them. That means NADA.

    Bachmann is nothing but a tight skirt who has lived off the government for decades. She worked as an IRS attorney – belong to the governement workers union received government pay/benefits – she took in 23 young women to "foster" but was never home taking in the governments money for that – her husband Marcus takes Medicare payments to turn gay people straight (if your straight can Marcus or anyone else turn you gay? I didn't think so) – they get farm subsidies for their "farm" – and they live in a 750 Thousand Dollar Golf Course Home mortgaged by Fannie Mae (government loan) And she is a Congresswoman getting congressional pay and benefits through the government.

    Need I say more?

    Roseville CA

    PS She also claims to be a member of the Tea Party however that Party doesn't even exist. It is not registered, has no leadership, has no candidates and appears on no ballots.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  27. Brad, Portland, OR

    No, it's a 2-person race now. Perry vs. Romney.

    It might become a 3-person race if Palin decides to get into it, though.

    But Bachmann's out of it no matter what.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  28. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    I don't think any woman can be taken seriously in the Republican party. The GOP seems not to be too liberal when it comes to gender and race. An example of that is that skinny guy in the Oval Office of the White House, or picking Palin as a running mate probably costing McCain votes.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  29. Doug

    This question is too tough, its impossible, ask her former Campaign Advisor, Ed Rollins. . Doesn't matter anyways. We are going to elect a Queen you know, from Alaska. Also, I can't wait to see Ron Paul do his Ed Grimsley immitation tonight. " We cainnnt have a feeee-ennce on the border, because we wont be able to get out then, you see". Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  30. Mark Oklahoma City

    It is impossible for Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman, Paul, Gingrich or Cain to be taken seriously when the debate moderators only want to ask Romney and Perry questions. These debates are a sham and if I were one of the other six candidates, they could have the Romney and Perry Show Without me!

    September 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  31. pat in michigan

    By selling a better brand of snake oil than the rest of the hucksters!!!!

    September 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  32. Dennis north carolina

    She can not but she could join Sarah Palin on the lecture for millions of dollars

    September 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  33. Loren

    Was she ever a serious contender? Sorry, but nothing I've heard from her shows her as having any substance deeper than the gutter in front of my house.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  34. Dawn Wilson

    It would help if she took off the fake smile, stopped the rhetoric and answered questions honestly. When she doesn't have an answer or a plan she avoids the question with her "Obama is a one term president" hollering.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  35. jimmy

    She'd have to become Michelle Obama to become a serious contender.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  36. dave in nashville

    Contender for just what? Bachmann is now a footnote.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  37. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    She can't. Since the Iowa American Idol straw poll morphed into a debate format she was found woefully lacking.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  38. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    She can re-establish herself by taking the advice an anagram of "Michele Bachmann" provides: "Ah cinch, blame men".

    September 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  39. Dave - Phx, Az

    She can't because she never was. You cannot run around making ignorant and moronic statements and expect people to take you seriously.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  40. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    In the eyes of anyone who from the beginning refused to listen to this whack job, she was never a serious contender. Therefore, how can anyone reconsider her anything but what she is, to far out there for any sound mind to consider their President.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  41. Stephen Charchuk

    She can't. They've already chosen Perry as their candidate. The best she can hope for now is to be his VP.

    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    September 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  42. citizenG

    Not to sound mean but Bachmann loses her credibility almost every time that she opens her mouth.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  43. Paul From Austin Texas

    She needs to go after Perry with both barrels something Perry will understand. She also needs to review her advisors because of her statement errors in the past. She needs to be storng and firm something her advisors have fail to address.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  44. ken, atlantic city, nj

    She can't re-establish herself. The media has already decided to call her a psycho or put her in the side show. She is a federal tax lawyer, a businesswoman, and a congresswoman but that does not seem to be good enough for the obamaniacs. Obama plans to cut medicare, medicaid, capital gains tax, corporate tax, regulations, social security, tax rates for the rich, and will agree to more job killing trade agreements, but 80% of the liberals and unions just love him.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  45. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Cheerleader for $2 dollar gas for your Oldsmobile. Tax cuts to those who we know pay no taxes is not the platform to the White House. Pandering and patronizing talks to the taxpayers is offensive to all

    September 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  46. Joe M

    It will be extremely challenging for Bachmann to re-establish herself, because the media has decided that the narrative is now Perry vs Romney. I believe it is because Ron Paul is polling ahead of Bachmann now, and if they were to continue to keep her in the discussion, they'd have to pay more attention to him. It could not have been more blatantly obvious in the way MSNBC handled their questioning last week. I'm hoping for better from CNN tonight, but we'll see.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  47. Randy

    Fortunately or unfortunately however you look at it she can't. The MEDIA picks the candidates based on who has access to the most money. Romney has Bain Capitol and wall street money, and perry has those deep pocketed oilmen of good old Texas so it's a toss up. Media picks the candidate who fills their pockets with the most (bribe) I mean "campaign" money through commercials and campaign spots. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM would probably fix 90% of the countries' problems.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  48. Gerry

    Bachmann is running against two heavy hitters. But as time has proven there a good chance one of the other two will shoot themselves in the foot which will propel her into 2nd place. She needs to hang in there.

    Will this comment be subject to moderarion?

    Ash Fork, Az.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  49. Tony from Southport, NC

    Perhaps she won't be able to reestablish herself as a serious contender because in Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, we have two Republicans, either of whom would be better presidents than Barack Obama. I have a question Jack; will Barack Obama ever be able to reestablish himself as the leader of our country? I'd guess the answer is a resounding NO.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  50. Paulette in Dallas

    It's already over for Michele. Americans aren't buying what she is selling and they don't want it. The Party is over Michele–Go home!

    September 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  51. Lori - PA


    I never thought of Michele Bachmann as a serious contender for the Republican Presidential nomination.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  52. Alex in wisconsin

    Bashing the President got her this far. It even overshadowed her hypocrasy on government spending and her general lack of historical precision when talking about our country. The only way she can stay alive in this primary is for her to move even harder to the right or by playing the victim of the good ol' boys. Or she can shed a tear like Hillary did in New Hampshire. Of course coming up with well thought out proposals that aren't just recyled talking points would be nice too but i think that's just a bridge too far for the tea partying Michele Bachmann.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  53. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Michele Bachmann is a loon and an airhead. Her base, being loons and airheads themselves, has always, does now and will always consider her a serious contender no matter how crazy or stupid her remarks are (think Sarah Palin). For the rest of us with the intelligence of an amoeba or higher, we know she is a loon and an airhead, and nothing she can say or do will convince us otherwise, no matter what craziness or stupidity she comes up with in the future.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  54. Mr. D

    Maybe she needs to wear a coat, tie and pants and lower her voice. She is history!

    September 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  55. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,a person who doesn't know when the King of Rock was born or died is done,R.I.P. Michelle1

    September 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  56. Bill of New Mexico

    Review of past presidential campaigns yields Michele Bachmann the following advice:

    1.) Once the nasty process finds you at the back of the pack having fallen from the lead, it is over for you–for this election, that is.

    2.) But, you may have a chance in a following presidential campaign, say 2016.

    3.) Go ahead and follow through on this campaign: Be consistent. Be strong. Exude confidence and understanding. Give support to your fellow competition, especially the leaders, but remain competitive.

    4.) Get some better people in your team. Listen to them. Learn.

    5.) Learn.

    6.) Then in 2014 hit the road running with a new optimism for winning in 2016.

    7.) But, 2012 is over for you, Michele Bachmann.

    8.) Learn. Turn over a new campaign and start your new run in 2014.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  57. Gail, Plano TX.

    How can she return to being a serious candidate when her only sound bite is to attack Pres. Obama? She has no strategy, of for that matter, any brains. Ed Rollins cleaned her up a bit, made her look presentable, but, alas, he could not give her a brain, just the same old talking points. The Iowa straw poll is bought, Jack, didn't you know that? Hardly a victory to crow about!

    September 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  58. Gail, Plano TX.

    Michelle Bachman won the Iowa straw poll which really means nothing. She does not have a brain, and her extremist views would never win her the nomination. Let me put it as succinctly as I can, America can do better and we have. We have a great President now who Ms Bachman cannot hold a candle to!

    September 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  59. Esperanza

    Michelle Bauchmann is now able to cash in on her fame. Writing books making the rounds at speaking engagements just like Sarah Palin. She's a winner even if she screws up tonight.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  60. Karl in Flint

    She can't and she is history. Perry is the Godsend now. We are over a year away with a bunch of candidates and Palin in the wings, so who knows who will survive, but Michelle has had her day in the sun and she needs to step back and let the others have theirs, and they will.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  61. Kevin in CA

    To be considered a serious contender, she needs to wear an American flag lapel pin and a gold cross necklace.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  62. Annie, Atlanta

    She was a serious contender? Holding an anti-goverment rally on the steps of the capitol building doesn't spell serious contender to me, and that's just the tip of the iceburg with this lunatic, but then what do I know?

    September 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  63. Joe R - Houston, TX

    WHAT? Rick Perry a Tea Party Favorite?

    If you think that Rick Perry is affiliated with the Tea Party movement, and if you are part of the media – then it's no wonder why Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are thought to be capable of beating Obama. No wonder at all.

    Good grief.
    Hole Lee cow.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  64. curtis in philadelphia

    Impossible, unless she can grow a pair in the next few hours. Republicans are out for blood this cycle and believe that a phony cowboy from a ruby red state can lasso, brand and hogtie Obama, long before a soccer mom from a traditionally blue state can. Grab some butter Jack, she's toast.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  65. Rick McDaniel

    Never was any question about her seriousness. The question is, whether she is too extreme in her views, to appeal to enough of the electorate to win the primary, and the even more difficult challenge of beating Obama.

    There are a lot of good things she has to say, i think she is serious about her aspirations, but I also think she's a little too far to the right for me. On the other hand, I would gamble on anyone opposing Obama, because I think a second term of Obama will bankrupt the nation.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  66. marybeth, massachusetts


    She can't redeem herself because 1.) she's mad-as-a-hatter, barking-like-a-dog crazy, and 2.) she's female, and the Tea Party won't choose a crazy woman when they have a crazy MAN they can support. The ultra-right wing literal Bible evangelicals won't support her because of their religious beliefs, and she's scared away anyone (i.e., independents) with half a brain. The new favorite is Perry, time to quit and go back to being a submissive wife to your husband, Michele.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  67. Pete from Georgia

    No one but the media actually cares what Bachmann does or says. Any American voter with an ounce of intelligence knows she has ZERO chance to be the Republican candidate for president.
    The media and the left elevates her status and image only to show the world how weak the Republican candidates can be.
    Another in a long, long line of deceptions.
    And........................the public falls for it every time.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  68. Jim

    I think I must have missed when she was a serious contender in the past.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  69. lou

    She's never been a serious contender outside the religious conservative beltway. Look for her to come on strong after Perry. She has to knock him out to regain the crazy king of the tea party crown.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  70. Jerry A - Toronto

    Jack, she can't. Michele was never a contender, just a media darling. She looked good for the cameras but in the end, more show than substance. Michele is a smarter version of Sarah Palin. She can even tell you the name of a newspaper or magazine she's read. But it's time for Michele to bow out gracefully and let Palin take the spot light. Why? Because we're going to have a bigger field day with all the ridiculous comments Sarah is going to make. We need a good laugh in these troubled times.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  71. Gigi Oregon

    I don't know what part of serious you want but my husband said "dress her up in a pair of jeans, sweater and 3 inch heels and he'd vote for her.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  72. James

    (Denver) Bachmann has difficulty in differentiating herself from the others policies. She seems intent on repeating lines against "Obamacare" and that she was a "leader" on certain issues. She also keeps bringing up her foster children. The electorate needs something new from her and something other than set lines that sound like "politics as usual". She's going to have to have some witty, memorable, off the cuff one-liners and it wouldn't hurt her to make jokes about the men being typically male in ways that allow her gender to become a benefit to her. Without these changes, she will continue to fade and her candidacy will end sometime in November.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  73. Ralph Nelson

    Wear a beanie with a propellor on top and a T-shirt saying "$2 Gas".

    September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  74. Larry, Boston, MA

    Sorry Jack, you will soon not have Michelle Bachmann to bounce around to enhance ratings. She's through; toast.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  75. Lucille

    Michele Bachman hasn't begun to established herself in this polical arena, however, she has done a stellar job of setting herself up for a Tina Fay skit on Saturday Night Live!

    September 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  76. Ken in NC

    Michele Bachmann can reestablish herself as a viable candidate tonight if she can announce an endorsement by "Not A Witch" Christine O Donnell and "Half Term" Gov. Sarah Palin.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  77. Ray in Knoxville

    I don't think she can, Jack. Conservatives are fine with supporting a woman until a man comes along who is just as crazy, then they drop her like a hot potato. If the rights wins this fight, this is what women can look forward to in this country for years to come.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  78. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    Well, she could bash social security, accuse the fed chair of treason, threaten anyone she doesn't like that comes to Minnesota (or Iowa or wherever she happens to be at the time), or perhaps further antagonize gays and non-baptists. . She shouldn't be so honestly stupid.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  79. David Doherty

    That ship has sailed Jack without even leaving the dock. I really can't think of what she can do, but then again I'm not a Conservative and find it very difficult to think like they do, after all I have a working brain. I mean if outlawing pornography, $2.00 a gallon gas or praying away the gay didn't do it maybe She could have a personal conference with god on live TV. That should sew it up
    Dave from NH.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  80. Phil, jersey

    Bachmann cannot just lay back and allow the "Big Boys" to play. She has to interject herself in on the issues, state her postions and attack them for theirs. But she has to have more thorough policies and not just be against the president and not have many great ideas.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  81. AB

    Michelle Bachmann has lost her momentum and cannot get it back. Even when Rick Perry flames out (and he will!!), Bachmann will not recover. She has demostrated that she is unsuited for POTUS. Forget Sarah Palin, who isn't even in the race, Bachmann's campaign is effectively over!!

    September 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  82. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    In all honesty, Michele Bachmann pretty much lost the presidential run the moment Rick Perry entered the Republican arena. Of course, as a voting Democrat, this will ultimately benefit President Obama, to know that the Republicans are evenly divided between the GOP Old-Guard and the new Tea Party batch of Republicans. All in all, a win-win for Democrats.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  83. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Only if she can grow a brain in the next few hours.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  84. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    If she actually answers the questions that are asked of her, instead of whatever pops into her head, she might gain some traction. If she sticks to the issues, speaks plainly, and tells the truth, she will stand out from the pack.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  85. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Jack, I object to your use of the word "serious" and Michele Bachmann's name in the same sentence.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  86. Ralph Spyer from Chicago Illinois

    In politics if you want anything said ,ask a man. If you want anything done ,ask a women That was said by Margaret Thather.Michele has to go after the good old Boys, Romney was for a women right then against ,he for government health care than against. Perry was in bed with Ken Lay and Enron . The reason unenployment is so low in Texas because every has to work 3 jobs because the wages are so low.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  87. Karen Taylor

    Jack, I think Michelle ought to pack up her bags and gp home. It's a good waste of time and money if she stays. If she had saved her money in the past she might have been able to sent all her foster kids to private schools like she did her natural born kids, She might also have money for the farm and her husbands mental health practice. With what she has left in campaign funds she won't need Federal assistance anymore. Imagination that, no more welfare for her family.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  88. Bobby E. Lahmon

    She could start by getting rid of the crazy talk and speak facts that we can truly relate to,whatever zone she's in I just don't get it

    September 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  89. Sam Martin in PA

    Was she serious? If it is a choice between her and Ron Paul, I'd take Ron Paul. If it is between her and Perry, I hope I can afford enough rope to over the branch come inauguration day.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  90. Sam Martin in PA

    Was she serious? If it is a choice between her and Ron Paul, I'd take Ron Paul. If it is between her and Perry, I hope I can afford enough rope to go over the branch come inauguration day.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  91. Tom from Nebr.

    Jack, She can't as she was never a serious candidate in the first place except perhaps to the ultra conservative masses in Iowa. I doubt that a woman or person of color will ever be the nominee of the Republican party. If you are not one of the Good ole boys, you need not apply.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  92. Allen

    Well she won the Iowa hay poll, so maybe if she wore a coon-skin hat and buckskins?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  93. MICK

    Michele Bachmann the best she can hope for is vice president on the Perry ticket. I hoping she will take the job if it's offered. a Perry-Bachmann ticket would be impossible for the democrats to defeat. Don't get me wrong Bachmann is a good person with great leadership skills. However she lacks experience needed to be president. She needs a few years working with a proven leader then her day will come.

    Wolf Creek MT

    September 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  94. Thom Richer

    It's doubtful she can, Jack. However, the first thing she might do is get rid of the "Helmet Head" news reporters hairdo. If she can't even comb her own hair how will she convince anyone take her seriously for the highest office in the land. Snideness aside, Jack, even though Republicans and Tea Party members attack and dis Social Security and Medicare, the y really do not see them as a "fraud" or Ponzi Scheme when it gets right down to it. The reason I say this is that I do not see any Republican or other Right winger refusing their SS check or refusing Medicare benefits. If not mistaken, I believe Bachmann has taken advantage of social programs in the past and am sure continues to do so. So Bachmann, Perry, and Republican party members will have to put their SS checks and Medicare benefits where their mouths are before any of them have a serious chance at the presidency. Phonies such as Perry, Bachmann and Palin get weeded out in the end, Jack. They are playing to a base that does not exist...non supporters of SS. Funny how those that have no money worries attack programs that affect those that do nothing but worry about their next paycheck and feel all deserving to do so. Rich and poor, Jack. That is what we have become a nation of.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  95. Walter Johnson, WA

    I don't think she can recover.because she is not rich enough to fund her own campaign and money most often follows the poll results. Huntsman has a better chance of improving his position because he is wealthy and is ultimately the only potential nominee with a chance in the general election.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  96. Brenda

    Michele should quit spending money that could be better used elsewhere. She trips over her lips too often to be credible. I would not vote for her now or ever. She, in my opinion, would be a bad choice for this country. I don't think she could beat Obama either.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  97. Linda in Arizona

    There's nothing she can do. People have seen her and found her wanting. Haha, how's that submission thing working out for you, Michele? Not that she's the worst of the bunch. The second worst? Probably.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  98. Fay in Abilene Tx

    How can Ms. Bachmann reestablish herself as a serious contender? If I knew, I'd keep it mum. Now, if Perry would go down as fast.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  99. Larry L, Torrance, CA

    She can't. She's toast. Gone.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  100. Shane in FL

    Nevermind Bachmann. It disgusts me that CNN is even acknowledging this minority of extremist politicians — the so-called "Tea Party." So much for the liberal media.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  101. Al

    She could start by not drinking a tall hot cup of crazy when she gets up in the morning...

    September 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  102. Howard Chud

    She won't do well for the same reasons she has fallen in the polls. She just isn't coming off as a real smart candidate. She's almost like a kid who is playing in a house owned by the big guys.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  103. Joseph Kraatz, Oceanside, CA

    Michelle Bachman is living in a fantasy world. Maybe another universe. Anyone who would say that the president could bring gasoline down to $2.00 per gallon needs to be put in a rubber room.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  104. gaudeamus igitur

    She just need to go to school to stop repeating stupidity.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  105. Jim Glines

    I'm sorry, Jack, but did you use the words Michelle Bachmann and 'serious' in the same sentence?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  106. Steve

    Tell her to grab that husband of hers and dance somemore! Ye Haw!!!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  107. Nancy, Conroe TX

    Jack, my question is: Why do we want her to?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  108. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The only way she can be reconsidered to occupy the White House is if she were to pass away and be reincarnated into the oval office drapes.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  109. Rosemarie, Phoenix,az

    By endorsing Obama and calling it quits.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  110. bob in florida

    Suddenly she would have to "seriously" stand for something other than being a "Bizarre Nut".

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  111. Greg, Ontario

    Simply put Jack?, She can't. Her blatant lies about President Obama and silly promises of 2$ a gallon for gas has shown even not to swift American voters, that she doesn't have much of a grasp on reality and should be forgotten about.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  112. Andrew

    Brain transplant?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  113. Dylan

    The first thing she needs to do is enter the stage without makeup. Then let's hope she can say something worth listening to.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  114. james fron NY

    I think all these so called "candidates " should just get back to work creating jobs in the US and earn their pay now,,then worry about running for president later??

    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  115. Jim Genac

    She can't, she was never a serious contender to begin with. The straw poll was about buying votes with entertainment and carney attractions. And she had the best attractions at that event. That's why the straw poll have never picked a winning candidate.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  116. David

    She only has to do two things: Make sure America knows the real Rick Perry (which is not as conservative and perfect as many still believe he is), and to show America how compassionate, smart and well-informed she is.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  117. Charles of Oregon

    Bachmann should take on Perry directly, & hammer Perry on his corrupt ways. Perry has much baggage, not the least being his giving lucrative appointments & favors to his campaign donors. Governor Perry lives a lavish lifestyle, much of it funded by Texas taxpayers. The Democrats want Perry to be the GOP candidate. Also, do you think the American people will vote for a Texas governor with a bellicose & militaristic philosophy, again?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  118. PoiAllPau

    ........easy $1.50 gas

    September 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  119. Philip - delaware

    Jack, she can do that by dropping off the race!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  120. Norman.,MD

    Bachmann's Obamacare mantra has run its course. It time for her to go home.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  121. Yaya

    Michele who? All she desperately needs is economics 101. Her ability to hate or disrespect Obama most cannot automatically change her credentials. She needs to earn it and from college.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  122. Mark Miller

    A poll is a poll, not an election and by far not a vote. Lets get past the polls before we start considering who the potential GOP Nom. is.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  123. Charly in Del Mar

    Like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, she needs to get a brain.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  124. Bill

    Bachmann isn't viable. She's worse than Palin when it comes to prevarication and spin. When called to account, directly, for the things she says that turn out to be false, she dances and flails and dodges the question. How is she going to fix jobs? I see her mouth moving, but I don't hear anything solid. What about Buddy Roemer? Why isn't he on tonight's debate? He's got a jobs plan that doesn't raise taxes. I'd love to hear more from him and about him, and get him into the debates. He's running a non-PAC funded campaign. No special interest money. Every other GOP candidate is more of the same that we've had for the past 20 years. You've got Ron Paul in there, get Buddy Roemer up there, too. Both of them are poised to change the tone of politics in this country.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  125. Jarvis from Baltimore

    By announcing that she is dropping out, and hoping for better luck next time.... she never had a shot.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  126. Dan

    She can stop by Toys R us and pick up a hand puppet, collect the latest RNC talking points, and bring herself up to speed with the rest of the Republican Candidate/puppeteers :}

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  127. Jill Mogen

    You are implying she was ever a serious candidate. Of course, I think the candidates are almost all pretty laughable and full of themselves. Most people just don't care much right now. The election is too far away.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  128. Ann K - Stevens Point WI

    She could answer the questions she is asked vs giving a speech on a non-topic. Last week I had a tough time listening when she spoke because I got so frustrated at her twisted answers. The commentator even had to ask her twice a couple of times as to what her answer was since she didn't answer the first time. She needs to work on those communication skills and realize it isn't all about her.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  129. Stephanie

    She can't. Period.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  130. Jafsie

    Two words: Brain Transplant.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  131. Stephanie from Maryland

    By outing her husband!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  132. George Tsiolis - New York

    Oh for goodness sake Cafferty, when was she *ever* a serious contender. Aside from her lack of experience, and being to the right of most Americans both with financial and social policy, if you can single out one thing that has caused her to drop like a lead balloon: it was the news of her and her husband's anti-gay rhetoric. That is the single major cause for her rapid decline. She is rabidly anti-gay and that may have worked for the Republicans five years ago. But the tide changed on that a long time ago. Americans are not stupid. Using the LGBT community as political pawns is so five years ago, Bachmann. Now go back to Minnesota and crawl under the rock from whenst you came...

    September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  133. Clayton

    Michele Bachmann can't recover, her base supporters overlap too much with Perry's. What she should do is bow out and support Ron Paul. Everyone forgets that the first tea party protest was for Ron Paul. He's the only candidate saying we should try something new; everyone else is offering the same policy that got us into this mess.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  134. Jeremy from Michigan

    Become a moderate ( I won't hold my breath ). Your previous article about some of the candidates being apart of the dominative form of Christianity frankly scares me.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  135. Paul Westminster, Md

    She should wear a cowgirl outfit with a short skirt and boots. Every time Perry opens his mouth she should yell HeeHaw these boots were made for walking and begin talking about light bulbs.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  136. s in pensacola

    She never was a serious contender. Her 15 minutes is up, and Perry's already used up about 5 of his 15. She was simply a tea party flavor of the month, The tea party itself isn't even a contender. 21 % of the country identifies themselves as members of the tea party and 28% approve of the tea party, which tells me that only 7% of non-members approve. At the very best, I'd say they are political "gremlins". The screaming kids the mall of politics that the GOP adults can't control.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  137. phyllis

    Hopefully, Ms Bachman or a serious candidate will address the county's vital needs> These include updating/repairing our infrastructure. Bring home our children/military, repair bridges and earn the tax dollars we provide to keep our great nation safe and lucrative. Cut or decrease our oversaes support until we can take care of our own citizens/taxpayers.

    We have paid our legislators' salaries with poor return-would the private sector stand for this?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  138. Dale

    She will do better if she takes Obamacare out of her vocabulary...how annoying is that!! Perhaps soften her makeup and look at the camera wouldn't hurt either.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  139. Philip - Delaware


    She can do that by dropping off the race!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  140. Matt

    Well Jack, she could try changing her name and re-entering the race. The newest entrant always rides a wave of interest from the GOP. They have short term memories.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  141. Gary H. Boyd

    The one common denominator among Presidential candidates who fall behind in the polls is, they never catch up.
    The rare exception being Harry Truman back in 1948 who took a nationwide whistlestop train ride to bolster support.
    Unfortunately for Bachmann, trains in America don't run like they used to and she can't afford an Obama million dollar bus. Bottom line - Bachmann's race is over, finished, caput.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  142. Dale

    Hello Jack

    if Michelle Bachmann wants to score points with the American people, she needs to say she would take Social Security out of the general fund and put it into a private controlled fund where Congress cannot put their sticky fingers into it, and set up a payment plan and start paying back what Congress stole out of Social Security.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  143. mike from IL

    She and I think all the candidates for president except maybe Ron Paul are beholden to big business fat cats I for one won't vote for any established candidate including Obama

    September 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  144. Terry Higgins from Michigan

    She shouldn't open her mouth. Instead, she should tap on the desk, once for yes, twice for no, three times for I just don't have a clue.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  145. Chad in OK

    Bachmann needs to remind everyone that God called her to be President. She claims that she never wanted to enter politics, but God told her to run. It's that kind of looney tunes base that voted for her in the Iowa straw poll, so maybe she needs to take that message nationwide. It can't hurt looking at those last poll numbers!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  146. Sheryl - Virginia

    It's too late. The Tea Party is only interested in someone who is stuck in reverse, and Bachman will eventually move forward.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  147. Fred in Connecticut

    She can bow out of the race and endorse Rick Perry or Mitt Romney.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  148. Bob

    Bachmann can't recover, She's been painted as a far right crazy by the nedia, The same was done to Sarah Palin. As liberal as the media is they don't want a woman president. Just look how they handled Hillary Clinton when she ran against an inexperienced opponent, Obama, for the Democratic nomination.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  149. Tony

    Jack, The problem from the start was that only the media considered Bachmann a SERIOUS contender, she has and will continue to be a sideshow, like those at the bottom of every poll, she is only news because she likes a little salt served with those pumps she places in her mouth whenever she speaks !

    September 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  150. Chris (DC)

    The question is a bit misleading. It assumes Michele Bachmann was ever a serious contender and I don't think she was. She was the most colorful at the beginning, but as the field starts to spread out her quirky narrow minded approach to politics is no longer unique. Now there is Perry a macho quirky no substance politician (from Texas, sound familiar?). It does pose an interesting question however. The right wing seems willing to push a woman out of the way for a man who has an almost identical message.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  151. Tony

    Jack , The problem from the start was that only you guys considered Bachmann a SERIOUS contender, she has and will continue to be a sideshow, like those at the bottom of every poll, she is only news because she likes a little salt served with those pumps she places in her mouth whenever she speaks ! Atlanta, Ga.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  152. suzanne

    How can any of the proposed candidates show they are serious contenders? They are all weak flip-floppers and don't deserve coverage.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  153. Tom E.

    Appeal to the Evangelicals with her new song, "Stare Your Way to Heaven"

    September 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  154. LOW (NY/NC)

    She may be able to "Reestablish" herself by doing nothing at all and just drop out... Then again she can just piggy back Sarah Palin on her foriegn policy.. by looking out of "Failin' Palin" back window as well to see "Russia".. We will see tonight.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  155. Tom E.

    Do an awesome impersonation of Tina Fey.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  156. Sybilene in Atlanta, Georgia

    No. Not as President, nor on the republican ticket as Vice President. Perhaps after tonight she will realize that America couldn't possibly take the embarrassment. Can you really imagine 4 years of side left, side right, hand chopping, shouting and finger pointing. One wonders if she needs to seek anger management class.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  157. Jim

    There is nothing she can do. Unless she wins Iowa she's done. Ron Paul is the mover in this group. You have him third @ 14% online but the same poll has him @4% on the TV. What's up with that?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  158. dan patterson

    I doubt she can or anyone else can keep contending with Perry because of the news partly. Since the start all we have heard is when is Perry or when is Palin going to get in the race. I am sorry media say they are impartial but they can make a diffiernce.
    As for Perry I am not impressed may have to figure out the worst of two evils on this one.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  159. Charles of Oregon

    Bachmann can resurface if she takes on both Romney & Perry, as well as the GOP establishment [Karl Rove etc.]. Has anyone considered what the rest of the world will think if we elect another militaristic Texas governor as president? Will foreigners stop buying American products? Unless Republicans get behind ONE candidate soon, their circus is gonna get real nasty. Rove & Friends are intent on stopping Perry & promoting Romney. Americans are going to grow so sick of these Republicans candidates....

    September 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  160. Joseph (Concord,NH)

    There's nothing she can do to come back. The media turned her into a contender. Since then, the voters have found out that there's no real substance behind her one-liners and talking points. Now they're doing the same thing with Rick Perry. As voters find out more about him, he will fall too. Meanwhile, Ron Paul's numbers are steadily climbing, yet the media continues to ignore him. Why is the media so insistent on propping up phonies like Perry and Bachmann? Why are they afraid of Ron Paul?

    September 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  161. Bill

    She is just one more pawn in the game. Like any election the wheels are greased and the entire machine is rolling smoothly. All the ducks are in their place with their bright shining faces. Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Salut, it been fun!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  162. Patti

    Jack, Michele Bachmann should not go after her fellowRepublicans. There are better things to debate, such as number 1 scandal- Obama using taxpayers stimulus money for a near bankrupt company Solyndra that produced solar panels Obama was visited many times by the bunglers who were involved with Solyndra, these bunglers also contributed to his 2008 Presidental campaign, and now it was time for a thank you, or payback to the bunglers from obama. Of course we all know that Solyndra went bankrupt and a there was a great loss of jobs that followed. Number 2- scandal "Fast and Furious-Obama and Eric Holders involvement in "Fast And Furious" plan where a border patrol agent was killed, and now we are finding more people were killed by tracking the serial numbers of the guns. This is not counting the Mexicans that were also killed in Mexico the highest number yet in a month. This is about the Gov't purchasing guns from an Az Gun Shop to bring over the border with no accountability.. Obama and Eric Holder claim to know nothing about Fast and Furious but it is coming to a head because there are whistle blowers and e-mails out there that are showing signs of lies and guilt. Just these two scandals alone can call for an impeachment of obama. Michele should explain to the American citizens whats going on behind the curtain in obamas regime, because the MSM is NOT!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  163. Annie Neroda

    Michelle Bachmann doesn't want the nomination. What she really wanted was a book deal - and she's already got that, so she's on her way to great wealth. Her next major career move will be to become a political commentator on Fox News.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  164. Donald in CA

    When you talk crazy only crazy people take you serious, so i dont see any hope for her. Well, maybe if she and her husband took some dancing lessions.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm |