Slogging through the usual slim pickings of early-morning political news, I ran across this article from RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy that made my whole day:

But despite [a] presidential fade-out and close call back home, Bachmann is again being mentioned as a candidate for higher office — this time as a potential challenger to first-term Democratic Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

The queen of the constitutional conservatives might be the perfect foil to bring the lighter side of Al Franken back into view.

It’s true Bachmann would force any opponent to spend an inordinate time raising money: she broke her own House spending record last year, raising an amazing $14 million and still barely winning re-election.

But in a cycle that is likely to be a grim slog for progressives fighting against the “six-year itch,” plus adverse midterm turnout patterns, plus the residual effects of redistricting, a Bachmann-Frankel tilt would be just what the doctor ordered.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.