It only feeds into it if you totally ignore the most important factor...Michele Bachmann cannot be an unknowing, unwitting stalking horse. She is Romney’s opposite number and would not knowingly or wittingly be his stalking horse. That was true before Perry got in, that is true now.
Nobody can show the slightest evidence that this was ever anything but the fevered imagination of a few internet types who come on threads and spam, spam, spam against anyone other than Sarah Palin. Posting - as supposed evidence of this - a picture that has Michele Bachmann looking in the direction of Romney who is also in the picture, is laughable, childish and...well I won’t go on but I could.
Final point is, this idea that Romney hopes Michele Bachmann destroys Perry in a debate, therefore people turn to Romney when they weren’t for him before, is ludicrous because it isn’t going to happen. It’s a pipe dream.
The day Bachmann hired Ed Rollins was the day any chance she had of winning flew out of the window.
I agree with your post.
I can only add that Bachmann is too reckless and arrogant to do the bidding for Mitt.
But Mitt doesn’t have to ask for her assistance anyway:
She’s an overly-aggressive opportunist with clydesdale-sized blinders and will help Mitt simply by pulling Perry under water with her in some kind of wild, loser-take-all, ex-girlfrind, political suicide pact once she realizes that she no longer has any shot at the Title.
You're on the right track, but think like a politician, and the game plan is clear.
Bachmann is a strong conservative, and well liked by the base. She's not going to be President, though. She doesn't have the right resume to win in the general. Arguably, she's less qualified than Obama. Not as far as ideals go, but in background. Obama's was Ivy League educated and Senator, and even he was an anomaly. Bachmann can fire up the base, but she can't close the deal with independents.
Romney's got the right resume. He was a governor. Business experience. Able to raise cash by the truckload. What he doesn't have is any measurable fan base. He was beaten by McCain, who ran a 'last man standing' operation. Now Romney's trying the same gambit. If he wins, he'll face the same problem. He'll need a strong conservative who can fire up the base.
In other words, Romney has no path to victory without a Bachmann-like VP, and Bachmann has no path to being President unless she's VP first. She needs a moderate governor who needs conservative street cred. Romney needs a major bone to throw to the conservative right who despises him.
These two need each other. That's why they haven't laid so much as a glove on each other on any debate so far.