WHAT BACHMANN THINKS SHE KNOWS…. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is aware of the fact that she’s a controversial political figure. It’s understanding why that seems to be giving her some trouble. Bachmann told a conservative radio talk show yesterday that she’s certain she’s become the target of criticism because Democrats fear her … as a presidential candidate.

“Also with women politicians, they want to make sure no women, no woman becomes president before a Democrat woman, and so they’re doing everything they can to, I think, sabotage women like Sarah Palin, perhaps women like myself, or similarly situated women, to make sure that we don’t have a prominent national voice. But the thing is, the people in our country, they don’t care who the voice is, they just want someone, they want to know that someone is speaking out for them against what will certainly bring about the destruction of our great country if we continue to go down the Obama path.”

Well, that’s one possibility. The other is that Bachmann is mad as a hatter, and she’s frequently ridiculed because no one can find a nuttier member of Congress who says so many ridiculous things on a regular basis.

Of course, the idea that Bachmann has presidential ambitions, and believes Democrats fear her as a credible national candidate, only reinforces the point that she’s not all there.

That said, Bachmann has acknowledged that she would seek national office if she believes it’s what “the Lord was calling me to do so.” Rep. Jim Oberstar (D), one of Bachmann’s colleagues from the Minnesota delegation, said this week, “I don’t think God’s talking to her anymore. I think she’s hearing other voices.”

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.