Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says that on second thought, America isn't ready for a female commander-in-chief.
The Minnesota congresswoman, who is retiring at the end of this term after eight years in office, told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas: "I don't think there is a pent-up desire" for a woman president.
And if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as expected, seeks the Democratic presidential nomination, she'll face lingering questions over the Benghazi, Libya attacks, according to Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence committee.
Clinton would also be adversely affected by Obama fatigue, Bachmann said. If Clinton were elected, "effectively she would be Obama's third and fourth term in office," Bachmann said, calling Clinton "the godmother of Obamacare."
But while Obama was "new and different," Clinton is an old-timer who is less likely to excite voters, she said. Plus, she's a woman, and she isn't black, which Bachmann hinted is one of the reasons why people voted for Obama. "I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," she said. "People don't hold guilt for a woman."
Bachmann, 57, was, for a brief time, the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. She announced her White House bid in June 2011, and was initially viewed as an underdog. But as The 2014 Almanac of American Politics notes, Bachmann's campaign got off to a "surprisingly fast start" against higher-profile rivals like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
With Romney as the presumed front-runner, tea party activists were looking for a more conservative alternative and Bachmann briefly fit the bill. The former Massachusetts governor was unacceptable to many conservative GOP voters because of his past support for abortion rights and a state health care reform law that became the model for Obama's. With tea party support, Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll in August 2011.
But her campaign could not sustain its early momentum, adds the Almanac. Rivals like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain at least briefly sucked up considerable support from the primary electorate.
By the time actual voting began Bachmann was an also-ran. Bachmann, a native of Iowa, finished a disappointing sixth place in that state's caucuses, with just 5% of the vote. She dropped out of the race the day after the caucuses.
Via Political Wire and The Almanac of American Politics.