Michelle Bachmann has announced that she is considering joining an already very crowded group of Republican candidates who want to run in 2012:
"The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time.
But a source close to the congresswoman said that Bachmann could form the exploratory committee even earlier than June so that she could participate in early Republican presidential debates.
"She's been telling everyone early summer," the source told CNN regarding Bachmann's planned June filing and announcement. But the source said that nothing is static."
Her entry into the political race will make the 2012 primaries very interesting. She will obviously appeal to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. However, she also appeals to social conservatives and will peel off voters from other potential 2012 candidates like Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels.
However, 2012 will really get interesting if Sarah Palin decides to run. If she does, then it will be an interesting match between two Tea Party leaders who will battle it out for the Republican nomination. But there is strong indicators that suggest that Sarah Palin will not run in 2012. If she doesn't run, then Michelle Bachmann will probably get Palin's endorsement.