Thrilling tea partiers and liberals alike, CNN reported today that right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will form a presidential exploratory committee by July. Boasting a pseudo-firm grasp on U.S. history, policy priorities, and reality, Bachmann hopes to secure America’s vote of confidence come 2012. Unfortunately, she’s already lost one vote: her most recent chief of staff’s. Serving as her fifth Chief of Staff before resigning last summer, Ron Carey said he intends to vote for Tim Pawlenty in the GOP race for President because “electability is a very, very high attribute you have to have”:
“My experience with Pawlenty , the more people get to know him, he’s a very sharp guy. He’s very likable,” Carey said. “I see him walk into a room of 200 people and everyone he meets leaves the room and says, ‘he’s a great guy.’ He has that Midwest charm and ability to connect with people.”
Carey adds, “His [Pawlenty's] roots are so humble and main street America. It’s easy for people to connect with him and say, ‘he’s one of us, he’s just like me.’ ”
Carey points out, it’s one thing to be able to give a speech and fire up a big crowd, but it’s quite another to win enough votes to get elected. “Electability is a very, very high attribute you have to have this year to win. I don’t want to have an emotionally filled endeavor only to get 35 percent [of the vote] in November .”
In February, Carey also stated that “even if [Bachmann] were elected I don’t believe she would be ready for the position of the president of the United States.” Certainly not the ringing endorsement a lawmaker might expect from her own staff. Alas, for Carney, Pawlenty provides the “sharp,” “likable,” “humble,” “main street” qualifications needed for the presidency. Bachmann, however, did provide employment.