From MN Publius comments:
May 5, 2009 at 8:17 am
Calling Dave Thompson pro-choice is proof that the commenter doesn’t know Mr. Thompson AT ALL.
I saw that At Issue face-off. Rep. Bachmann said some things that were indefensible. Mr. Thompson was right in not defending Rep. Bachmann’s comments.
It’s crazy, though, to think that he’s trying to distance himself from conservatives. After refusing to defend her comments, he said that she’s right on the issues. That’s what most Sixth CD Republicans believe.
In saying she’s right on the issues, he’s appealing to conservatives. By not defending some of her statements, he’s telling independents that he’s a straight shooter.
That’s smart strategy.
Unfortunately Thompson doesn't need the support of independents. He needs support of the base. The question is whether the base will tolerate people being publicly critical of Michele Bachmann.