Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose remarks about Obama’s “anti-American views” buoyed her opponent’s campaign, joins a long list of politicians punished for making unfortunate statements.
Since Oct. 17, Bachmann’s opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, has raised $1.3 million and drawn many new volunteers, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Bachmann’s interview has turned the race into one of the country’s most intensely watched. It also unleashed an online backlash against Bachmann, who many local political observers assumed would easily win reelection,” said the paper.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has cancelled television ads for Bachmann that were supposed to start running next week, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. “A Republican source confirmed Wednesday that the NRCC is pulling its funding out of the Sixth District race,” the Star-Tribune said.
But David Wasserman, a political analyst, said that it’s not necessarily over for Bachmann, who has “one final path to victory: to portray her political opponents as East Coast elitists, including Chris Matthews, but also contributors to Tinklenberg’s campaign over the past 72 hours,” the Star-Tribune quoted him as saying.
Wasserman also doesn’t think the ad cancellation meant the GOP sees Bachmann as a lost cause.