With the entry of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) into the GOP presidential primary, the field continues to take shape. The first effect would seem to be that Sarah Palin is far less likely to run.
It’s not just that the two would be in natural competition as strong, attractive female candidates. They also have overlapping messages and appeal to similar constituencies. Bachmann is instantly a serious contender, and Palin would be risking political prestige and financial earning opportunity to take her on.
Palin has some natural talents as a candidate, while Bachmann’s have not yet been on display long enough to observe (at least, on a national stage). All in all though, I’d take Bachmann over Palin , and I’m glad to see her enter the race.
She deserves serious consideration.