BACHMANN TO JOIN GOP LEADERSHIP?…. If, as expected, the House majority changes hands, a dizzying game of musical chairs will commence, with both caucuses putting together leadership teams. This is true of Democrats — especially if Speaker Pelosi leaves Congress — but also of Republicans.

The current GOP leadership team features John Boehner as Minority Leader, Eric Cantor as Minority Whip, and Mike Pence as Conference Chairman. Boehner, if all goes according to plan, will be Speaker, with Cantor as Majority Leader. Pence, however, appears likely to give up his post in order to run for president (yes, of the United States), leaving two vacancies in the new majority’s leadership — Whip and Conference Chair.

And guess who has her eyes on the latter.

Major Republican gains today are likely to produce some entertaining leadership and policy battles down the road, as the conservative wing — emboldened by the election results — asserts its thumbprint on the party’s image.

How much intransigence there will be among the Tea Party sect will ultimately be determined by the ability of GOP leadership to satisfy their demands. But already, the possibility for friction is emerging. On Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the more eccentric members of the Republican Party, put out feelers that she would like to assume the leadership role likely to be vacated by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

It’s probably worth noting, just for the record, that Michele Bachmann appears to be a crazy person. We are, after all, talking about a lawmaker who thinks FDR passed “Hoot-Smalley” and caused the Depression. She argued a bipartisan national service bill might lead to “re-education camps.” She doesn’t know what a global reserve currency is, so she keeps ranting about “one-world currency.” She thinks the U.S. Census could lead to “internment camps.” She recently labeled school medical clinics as “sex clinics” (twice). She also recently urged her supporters to slit their wrists.

Bachmann, in other words, is mad as a hatter. And in a few months, she might very well be a member of the House majority’s leadership team.

Steve Benen

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.