It’s not easy to get former Minnesota GOP chairman and former Bachmann chief of staff Ron Carey on the phone. He prefers to hold on to his anti-Bachmann sentiment and release it as pressurized op-eds. The new one lands in the Des Moines Register .
The Bachmann campaign and congressional offices I inherited were wildly out of control. Stacks upon stacks of unopened contributions filled the campaign office while thousands of communications from citizens waited for an answer. If she is unable, or unwilling, to handle the basic duties of a campaign or congressional office, how could she possibly manage the magnitude of the presidency?
… I know Michele Bachmann very well. She is a faithful conservative with great oratory skills, but without any leadership experience or real results from her years in office. She is not prepared to assume the White House in 2013.
This is getting less convincing the more that Carey says it. She has staffed up since then. John Bresnehan and Jake Sherman make the better anti-Bachmann case: She is running on basically no accomplishments i n Congress. (Even 2007 Barack Obama could point to the transparency bill he sponsored with Tom Coburn and nuke legislation he sponsored with Dick Lugar.)
None of Bachmann’s legislation has become law. A Bachmann resolution to declare September as “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month” to help bring awareness to the brain disorder was adopted by the House in July 2009 but was not taken up by the Senate. Another Bachmann resolution honoring Minnesota’s 150th anniversary as a state was adopted by the House in June 2008, but again, it did not get Senate consideration.
This is what Tim Pawlenty was getting at in New Hampshire when he said GOP voters should not just choose based on who can make good speeches or “failed amendments in Congress.” But if Democratic primary voters didn’t care about legislative accomplishments, Republican voters really, really don’t care.