Michele Bachmann is not Sarah Palin. So says the Congressional Representative from Minnesota’s 6th District and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. Yet Bachmann, who may or may not announce a bid for the 2012 Presidency in June, is still fighting comparisons to the former Alaska Governor.
“At times, it’s almost as if the media views Bachmann as an updated version of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 running mate — a Palin 2.0. On Thursday, Bachmann had to remind reporters that no two competitors ‘are interchangeable.’” an article on Newsmax read.
“Well, there are agendas that other people have,” Bachmann said in an interview with the news site. “And so it will be my responsibility to introduce myself to the public, so that they know what my biography is.”
Both Palin and Bachmann have emerged as powerful female leaders in the Tea Party movement, media darlings with perfectly coiffed brunette tresses and large families. But the similarities end there, according to the article.
“Conservatives worry that presenting Bachmann through the lens of Sarah Palin will drive up her negatives and could limit her appeal to the swing-voters who ultimately determine most elections,” the article read.
“Although Bachmann does not have as lengthy a track record as Palin when it comes to gaffes, by connecting the two together, the media creates an impression that among Bachmann’s personal characteristics is the quality of putting her foot in her mouth,” Tobe Berkovitz, a Boston University communications professor and media analyst, told Newsmax. “Both politicians are Herculean fundraisers, and have the power to draw large and enthusiastic crowds. The media powers-that-be hope to defang Bachmann, before she can become a significant national candidate.”