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Michele Bachmann: Who are the anti-Bachmann bloggers?

Michele Bachmann has been in the cross-hairs of Minnesota Republican women bloggers, who are behind many mainstream media stories today about Michele Bachmann.

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Hunter and prey also share an almost messianic sense of purpose. Prior to her announcement that she would run for president, Bachmann painted herself as a reluctant candidate, searching for a sign from God. “If I felt that's what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it," she told WorldNetDaily. "When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I've said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That's really my standard.”

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Young also feels a calling, though not a religious one. “Part of what has made me continue is I knew there were readers who continued to read it,” says Young, who considers herself an independent these days. “There are people who are anxious awaiting the latest news, and you feel like you can’t let them down.” Bremer recalls branching out from Dump Bachmann to start Ripple in Stillwater so he could write on other topics—only to find that most of his posts ended up focusing on the congresswoman after all.

The bloggers and Bachmann have only rarely crossed paths. Young says she’s spoken with the congresswoman three times, and describes each encounter as relatively civil. She’s debated the congresswoman on a Twin Cities Christian radio station, and once questioned Bachmann at a debate. “She kept saying, ‘Oh, everybody, that’s Eva Young.’ I don’t think anyone knew why that was important.” After the event, she even scheduled a lunch date with an aide. More recently, though, the bloggers say they’ve been unable to get calls to Bachmann’s office returned.

The bloggers know that they’re entering a fateful passage; Bachmann has said she won’t run for reelection, and despite her current strength in early soundings in Iowa, the odds that she'll win the GOP nomination are long. Could it be that the end is near for Dump Bachmann? “She’ll be gone som day, and maybe we’ll be able to write about somebody else,” Bremer says with a tinge of weariness. “There’s always another fraud to write about.”

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David Graham is a reporter for Newsweek covering politics, national affairs, and business. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The National in Abu Dhabi.

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