I have two words for you: “President Bachmann”. They laughed about Reagan the same way they do about her.
My immediate feeling is that independents and centrists will never vote for her and they will decide the 2012 election.
After some consideration it seems that less-informed, conservative-leaning Independents might vote for her based on her Establishment creds (she’s been a Congresswoman since 2006), and well-informed, moderate Republicans might just ignore the Tea Party business, bite the bullet and vote for her.
She’s the only candidate thus far with a legitimate foot in each camp.
Great. Now I’m scared for America again.