Just as we are finally becoming oversaturated with Sarah Palin, her tweets, her Facebook postings, her bull’s-eyes, her surveyor’s marks, her book signings and her narcissism, we learn that⎯like a female version of John the Baptist⎯she has only been preparing the way for the one who is to follow.
For a couple of years now, Michele Bachmann has lurked on the lunatic fringe, not exactly a household name. But she whose unabashed and unapologetic verbal bombs make Ms. Palin, by comparison, seem like a model of statesmanship is about to catapult herself onto the national stage in the form of a Tea Party (she is its self-proclaimed Grande Dame) rebuttal to both the President and the Republican establishment.
We already pretty much know what President Obama’s going to say, since it has been analyzed, prognosticated and leaked ad nauseam for the past week. Rep. Ryan, as the dispenser of the official Republican Party line, will likely revisit well-trod rhetorical pathways that we can practically follow in our sleep.
So, for sheer entertainment value and jaw-dropping, kick-you-in-the-head outrageousness, I plan to be tuning in to Ms. Bachmann’s online spewfest, which will be like enjoying a rich dessert after a meal of gruel.
It’s hard to top calling for a federal investigation of the subversive, anti-patriotic tendencies of Democrats in Congress, but if Ms. Bachmann really wants to run for president, as she has been hinting, she’ll have to one-up herself and deliver the cheesecake. Like all good politicians, Ms. Bachmann is fully aware that her real enemy is audience boredom.
As for Sarah Palin, we thank her for softening up the American people so that they can truly appreciate Rep. Bachmann’s gifts. Nevertheless, she’s had more than her fifteen minutes, and her act has gone stale. It’s time for her to take her millions and shuffle off into the obscurity she so well deserves…there’s a new girl in town.