Michele Bachmann thinks the administration is trying to eliminate the dollar. She’s refusing to fill out her census form, which, she notes, has been used to populate internment camps. And she’s suggested that Democrat-proposed privacy rules for school clinics could lead to abortion referrals for young girls. To Democrats, they're examples of the "reckless lies" she traffics in, but they're catnip to supporters, who see her cable-ready quips as her ticket to higher office.
Bachmann now averages a TV appearance every nine days, will be Miss November in an upcoming calendar, and even has her own action figure, the New York Times notes, in a look at her rising profile. Sean Hannity calls her admiringly, "the second-most-hated Republican woman in the country—second to Gov. Palin." Some think she's ready to run for governor herself, though she might be too conservative for Minnesota. “There’s not a whole lot of middle ground,” says one supporter. “You either like her or you don’t.”