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Yes, She's Serious: While You're Laughing, Michele Bachmann Is Gearing Up To Fight

There's no such thing as bad publicity for the GOP's most unpredictable candidate.

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However unlikely a Bachmann for President candidacy is in the general election, a Bachmann for Veep candidacy seems highly likely -- especially if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wins the nomination. (I know this is so, because James Taranto, member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, which is closely linked with David Koch and Americans for Prosperity, told me so.) Romney, a comparatively moderate Republican and a Mormon (a faith viewed with deep suspicion by many evangelicals), will need a right-wing Christian to run on his ticket. A right-wing woman would inject an air of freshness into a campaign waged against the nation's first black president.

Michele Bachmann, mother to many and friend to Big Oil, is aiming to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/addiestan

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