Cold Shoulder

Michele Bachmann’s bid for a leadership position isn’t gaining traction:

Self-proclaimed tea party leader Michele Bachmann’s bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner, an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement’s winners in Tuesday’s elections.

Boehner, aware of the role tea partiers played in making him the next House speaker, is endorsing no one. His lieutenants are lining up behind Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, leaving no doubt that Hensarling — and not Bachmann — is the leadership favorite to chair the GOP conference.

Bachmann’s contribution to the GOP’s election gains is undisputed and GOP leaders widely praise her fundraising prowess. The Minnesota Republican is the House’s top earner, bringing in $11 million in the two-year election cycle for her own campaign.

But she’s also made GOP leaders cringe multiple times in the last two years with over-the-top and uninformed statements.

The GOP leaders would be wise to keep all the cringe inducing characters on the sidelines as much as possible, until they can be removed in primaries and elections.

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