George Will shows the love (and shovels on the metaphors) to Michele Bachmann in today's column, lauding her for being an effective "burr under Democrats' saddles," even though she
is also a "petite pistol that occasionally goes off half-cocked." Will recounts Bachmann's impulsive decision to run for state senator, despite a houseful of foster kids, as well as four of her own, and her two congressional victories—the last one nearly scuttled by her casual remark 18 days before the election that Obama's views are "anti-American."
He notes approvingly one of the comments that earned her opprobrium from the left—that the Obama administration's takeover of GM was "gangster government." And he calls her "an authentic representative of the Republican base." She's a social conservative in the Sarah Palin mold, "but she knows that economic hardship and government elephantiasis now trump other issues."