Chris Matthews Michele Bachmann
November 4, 2010 by staff
Chris Matthews Michele Bachmann, There is an old adage that there is two kinds of legislators “work horses” and “show horses,” those who make things happen and those who give speeches and smooth for the camera. This is not really that simple – there are those who do both, and many who do not. But the division is certainly there, and the GOP, it will become harder. There are a few reasons why.
First, we have a culture of arrival of people who were elected without any legislative experience, which showed no particular interest in legislation, and are intensely ideological. This is not true of everyone, but it is true of many. For example, what kind of a senator do you think that Paul Rand is going to be? Is he going to burn the midnight oil to write complex bills to try to solve the thorny problems facing the country, working behind the scenes to bring together coalitions to pass legislation serious? I would not hold your breath.
And secondly, show horses in demand right now the media are precisely those who are more doctrinaire. Take someone like Michele Bachmann. When she arrived in Congress, she decided to pursue a strategy of equestrian maximize its influence. Instead of worrying about the positions of the committee and establish alliances to work his way up the ladder of leadership, she became the person who was willing to go on TV and say crazy things Warranty crazy driving liberals nuts, gaining the attention of people like Keith Olbermann, and won his reservations about Fox, which continues the cycle. And he has developed for her – not only is it known nationally despite having virtually no institutional power, in his election this year, it raised a huge $ 11 million, more than any other candidate House in the country.
And now Bachmann has watched the landscape and determined that there is no better time than now to make a move from outside to inside – she is running for the post of chairman of the GOP caucus, and begins a “constitutional conservative caucus” to go with the Tea Party Caucus, she began last year. It is no doubt realizes that all these new members have no loyalty to particular current Republican leadership and his kind of people to start. As she tries to build his own army.
The question is whether it can really be effective in a role inside. There is a reason glad handed and back-slappers like John Boehner are so often those who are in leadership positions – they can not be those that Chris Matthews can not wait to get on his show, but they have the skills to build alliances, keep wavering members together, and believes that measures well in advance in order to maintain their strategic position. Can someone like Bachmann, who built his career with a series of appearances on cable TV, exercise these powers? It is possible, but I doubt it.
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