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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Keith Appell
Nearly 18 months after she faltered on the snowy fields of Iowa in the GOP presidential primary, Rep. Michele Bachmann is making a return to the headlines this week, sponsoring the bill to repeal President Obama's health care law and giving a forum to tea party groups who say the IRS led politically motivated audits against them.
Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to speak Wednesday at Howard University in a high-profile visit that will test the tea party favorite's claim that his libertarian message can travel anywhere and help bolster the GOP's image on the national stage.
The general-election campaign unofficially kicked off Tuesday with Mitt Romney continuing to sharpen his criticism of President Obama, saying a second term for the incumbent would be dangerous because he is not being upfront about the policies he plans to pursue.
The 2010 midterm elections were a dream come true for the GOP at the ballot box but a nightmare for its bank accounts. Going forward into this year's elections, party officials eagerly tout the recent headway they've made in fundraising, but just how well those gains match up to the Democrats' efforts depends on who's being asked.
The stars soon invade the nation's capital, complete with a red carpet, lights, maybe some action. HBO's ballyhooed "Game Change," a dramatic rendition of the 2008 presidential election, premieres Thursday evening at the glittering Newseum, right there on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocks from the White House itself.
"For Perry and Bachmann, this comes more under the column of you 'never say never' in politics, you always leave the door open a crack because it usually doesn't hurt you to do so," said Keith Appell, a GOP strategist. "Santorum won some states, won a bunch of delegates in 2012, and he's still fairly young, so he absolutely should consider it."
"History is filled with stories of political comebacks and she will have that opportunity — and she has the capability to rehab her image and change the focus to her work instead of these other issues," said Keith Appell, a GOP consultant. "Given how this issue of the IRS' persecution of the tea party is mushrooming, an opportunity is emerging for her — if she plays it right — to be relevant again. The IRS scandal will fuel tea party participation in the 2014 elections, so if she can get out from underneath these other issues she could play a significant role next year and potentially benefit from a tea party conservative victory."