February 10th, 2011

Bachmann: Cheerleader or Presidential Candidate?

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann just completed her keynote address at CPAC this morning. Like you would expect Bachmann fired-up the crowd. She provided plenty of red meat on issues like the national debt, cap and trade, and the need to repeal Obamacare.

Her speech was entertaining and a great way to kick-off the conference, but it wasn’t the type of speech that a potential presidential candidate would give. In many ways, Bachmann served as a cheerleader for what Republicans were able to accomplish last fall. When reading through all of the new Republican Senators who were elected in November, it almost sounded like the announcer at the Miss America pageant.

Bachmann also invited the thousands of college students in attendance to come to her party this afternoon, which has an open bar. She later joked that she had to limit it to one drink per person. The students loved it, so did the crowd, but with a number of underage kids in attendance, it was an irresponsible thing to say.

If Bachmann runs for president, she will be a major factor in Iowa, but there was little in her speech at CPAC that made me think she is a serious candidate. At least at CPAC, she chose to play the role of the cheerleader, instead of a potential presidential candidate.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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