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A straw in the wind? (Michele Bachmann for Senate 2012?)
Power Line ^ | December 13, 2010 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 12/14/2010 9:49:18 AM PST by astyanax

A PPP poll shows that Michele Bachmann is easily the first choice of Minnesota Republicans to run for the Senate in 2012. 36 percent say they prefer her as the nominee, compared to 20 percent for Tim Pawlenty and 14 percent for Norm Coleman.

I have no idea whether any of these three is interested in running for the Senate in 2012. But I think this poll adds credence to some of my speculation about what to expect in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.

I've been suggesting that, if she runs, Sarah Palin might be able to attract 30 to 35 percent of the primary vote in many states. In a crowded field, might well be sufficient to propel her into a clear lead after the first wave of primaries. I've also speculated that candidates considered less staunchly conservative, e.g., Mitt Romney and Pawlenty, might find it difficult to stay with Palin.

The PPP results from Minnesota are consistent with this speculation. For Michele Bachmann to be so far ahead of the state's popular governor seems like a good sign for Sarah Palin. And it's plainly not a good sign for Pawlenty and his presidential aspirations, assuming he has some.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; bachmann; ppp; senate
Good news for Bachmann and (maybe) Palin. Pawlenty... not so much.
1 posted on 12/14/2010 9:49:26 AM PST by astyanax
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To: MplsSteve

Possible ping-worthy poll?


2 posted on 12/14/2010 9:50:29 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: astyanax

“Good news for Bachmann and (maybe) Palin. Pawlenty... not so much.”

Cripes ... that is a low number for the poor guy.


3 posted on 12/14/2010 9:51:17 AM PST by jessduntno (Want US national secrets safe? Store them with Obama's transcripts and birth certificate.)
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To: astyanax
Poll is here:
Minnesota Republican Numbers
4 posted on 12/14/2010 9:52:24 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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5 posted on 12/14/2010 9:55:30 AM PST by MplsSteve (Governor Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: astyanax

PALIN/BACHMAN 2012

UNBEATABLE TICKET

(and I predicted HilLIARy/Obama in 2004- I just got the order wrong)


6 posted on 12/14/2010 9:55:49 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' is much worse than grabbing your balls)
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To: astyanax

Michele is a gem and I’m glad she’s on our side.


7 posted on 12/14/2010 9:57:47 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: astyanax

SEE MY TAGLINE!


8 posted on 12/14/2010 9:58:01 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: astyanax

Tim’s only interest is the White House. If Norm couldn’t beat Franken, he doesn’t stand a chance against Amy.


9 posted on 12/14/2010 10:00:24 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic......Monthly Donors Welcome.)
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To: Mr. K; TSgt
"PALIN/BACHMAN 2012"
"Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman- 2012"

Either one works for me!
10 posted on 12/14/2010 10:02:28 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: astyanax
Klobuchar worried about Bachmann running for Senate?
11 posted on 12/14/2010 10:24:44 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic......Monthly Donors Welcome.)
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To: astyanax

Maybe the day will come when we pontificate on how to sell our best candidates to the independents, who in the general election will be making the call as to whom our next president will be.

Should Obama stay crippled maybe anyone from our side can win, but when you look at the electorate who put this inexperienced ideologue in office, you have to wonder if just any far right conservative can win out there.


12 posted on 12/14/2010 10:24:44 AM PST by RitaOK
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To: Mr. K

“PALIN/BACHMAN 2012”

I’d prefer Bachman / Palin, but in all seriousness, is the USA ready for two females on the ticket. Remember, above all we must WIN.


13 posted on 12/14/2010 10:26:49 AM PST by Mich Patriot
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To: Mich Patriot
Sorry, s/b "...on the ticket?"
14 posted on 12/14/2010 10:28:28 AM PST by Mich Patriot
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To: astyanax

The problem with Pawlenty is he’s so late weighing in on any given issue. Apparently he has to figure out which way the political winds are blowing before taking a position.

Plus, he has all the charisma of a rock.


15 posted on 12/14/2010 10:30:44 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: astyanax

I would prefer Pawlenty run for the Senate seat. Bachmann is a force in the House and should stay there.


16 posted on 12/14/2010 10:32:19 AM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Mich Patriot
"is the USA ready for two females on the ticket. "

Are you serious? what generation are you from? Them women-folk need to be in the kitchen?

17 posted on 12/14/2010 10:41:11 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' is much worse than grabbing your balls)
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To: Mr. K
"Are you serious? what generation are you from? Them women-folk need to be in the kitchen?"

You twisted my comment sir...I didn't say ME, I said "the USA". HUGE difference, and FWIW Bachman would be VERY high on my list to run as Prez. I say again, we MUST win in 2012, so these questions need to be considered.

18 posted on 12/14/2010 11:16:21 AM PST by Mich Patriot
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To: Mich Patriot

How dare you call me Sir!


19 posted on 12/14/2010 11:43:51 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' is much worse than grabbing your balls)
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To: Mr. K

Ha ha ha...well the name is “Mr. K” so indeed I made an assumption.


20 posted on 12/14/2010 11:46:57 AM PST by Mich Patriot
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To: MplsSteve

Since I can’t vote in Minnesota, I would love to vote for her for president! :) I think she IS the voice of reason in Washington!


21 posted on 12/14/2010 1:01:06 PM PST by LUV W (No compromise!)
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To: astyanax

I’m in for Senator Bachmann.

Too bad Pawlenty will try to screw up the Palin White House and if Coleman takes over from Steele, he will do his best to maintain the status quo in the R(ino)Party.


22 posted on 12/14/2010 4:52:48 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: upsdriver

I would prefer Pawlenty run for the Senate seat. Bachmann is a force in the House and should stay there.


I prefer he sit on his rino ass and not run for anything.


23 posted on 12/14/2010 9:53:33 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Excuse me but the White House belongs to the people. Sarah Palin doesn't inherit it. She has to earn the nomination.
24 posted on 12/15/2010 5:14:47 AM PST by ejdrapes (Obamacare is both too complicated to succeed and to broken to repair)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Thanks for the link. Interesting.
We could use a senator more concerned with the Constitution than with Twilight.
25 posted on 12/15/2010 8:43:33 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: ejdrapes

So . . . you reckon that il’ Bob Dole earned the nomination? How ‘bout that people’s choice McCain? Know anything about pubbie machine politics?


26 posted on 12/15/2010 4:17:33 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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