Michele Bachmann probably thinks that she alone is responsible for winning the House back for the Republicans, and now it’s payback time.
If [House Speaker John] Boehner’s gratitude is nowhere to be seen, it is because Bachmann presents a particular headache for the GOP. The Tea Party helped propel Republicans into office by attacking Democrats; now, with the dirty work done and popular support for centrist compromise growing, wild cable TV statements are looking more like a liability. And Bachmann is Exhibit A. But by withholding from her the formal power she believes she has earned, the GOP has probably compounded the problem. As Bachmann’s time in the Minnesota state senate made clear, rejection by party elders has a way of energizing her. If things had gone her way, Bachmann might have been tempted to move past Mama Grizzly extremism, but now, she’ll be sticking with it. Boehner should have seen this coming.
This will at least be entertaining to see how the GOP deals with her; chances are, the more they try to control her, the more she will be heard from.
Update: She’s thinking about running for president in 2012. Oh, acme of delight!