Bachmann hopes higher unemployment will help her campaign


Michele Bachmann has really put her foot in it this time. Via Think Progress, Bachmann said on CNBC this morning that she hopes high unemployment will help her presidential campaign:

“Does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up, your chances of winning office also go up?” host Carl Quintanilla asked. “Well, that could be. Again, I hope so,” Bachmann replied.

While Mitt Romney uses high unemployment to hit President Obama, if he starts perceiving Bachmann as a real threat, he can trot our her hopeful politicization of working Americans’ pain and hit her with this quote. Obviously if Bachmann is the nominee, I’m sure the President’s reelection campaign will have a field day hitting her with this quote.

All that said, Bachmann is getting in trouble her for stating the obvious. It should theoretically help opposition candidates political chances when the country is in a prolonged period of unemployment. Bachmann’s mistake is that she dropped the veil and said something uncomfortable, unflattering and politically gosh.


Matt Browner-Hamlin is a blogger & political strategist based in Washington, DC. He has written about US politics since 2004. He's worked on presidential and Senate campaigns, in the labor movement and the Tibetan independence movement. He is the founder of OccupyOurHomes.org and currently spends much of his time fighting Wall Street banks. Matt on Google+, and his .

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