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Popular columnist: Don’t count out (ID-friendly) prez hopefuls Perry and Bachmann

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US prez hopefuls Perry and Bachmann have, each in their way, said nice things about ID.

Here’s columnist to the world Mark Steyn’s defense of them, in general:

In the former case, a handful of poor debate performances should not disqualify a man from executive responsibility: Our age’s veneration for men with “nothing to do but think and talk” (in Churchill’s words, on the sort of chaps he didn’t want in his war cabinet) is one reason why the Western world is sliding off a cliff.

In the latter case, Congresswoman Bachmann has fought a principled, conservative campaign with only one significant misstep — her overreach on the Gardasil business. Again, that shouldn’t be a disqualification. Nor should having more chiefs of staff than she has foster children (I speak as a guy who believes citizen-legislators shouldn’t have chiefs of staff, anyway). To be sexist about it, President Bachmann at her best would be another Thatcher and at her worst another Merkel — and Chancellor Merkel currently presides over the least worst Western economy. What’s not to like? Go, Michele!

Let's not forget that McCain was "counted out of the running" to be the Republican nominee in the 2008 campaign at a much later date in the contest than this. I'd like for Bachmann to get the nomination, but the meat of the effort is getting fiscal conservatives into a position of power in both the house and senate. William J Murray
I think Perry and Bachmann would be a real dream team. Even better than Gingrich and Bachmann. Of course, I want the Republicans to lose by a landslide. dmullenix
Whatever their merits as candidates, I think it's pretty safe to count them out of the running. Anyone who disagrees with me could make a fortune betting against the market at Intrade.com. AMW

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