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Michele Bachmann would only serve one term as president

Bachmann would only serve four years. Probably. Maybe. We'll see.
Bachmann would only serve four years. Probably. Maybe. We'll see.

Critics of Michele Bachmann sometimes suggest that her personal ambition and capacity for delusions of grandeur are without limit.

Not so!

Bachmann, in Iowa to further her fledgling presidential campaign, demonstrated her humility and selflessness, telling reporters on Friday she's "committed to being a one-term president."

If Bachmann were to somehow be elected president, we're fairly certain that American voters would help her keep her commitment in 2016.

But it's worth reading the rest of her quote -- for all her humble response to America's call to service, she's still not one to box herself in.

She's "committed to being a one-term president if that's what it takes in order to turn things around, because this is not about a personal ambition."

So if what it takes in order to turn things around is for her to serve two terms, or even to reign in perpetuity as a benign and enlightened monarch, that's still on the table too, because this is not about personal ambition.

There are some other great moments in the Des Moines Register piece today -- they quote an Iowa State politics professor who notes that Bachmann's critics "want to even start using insults about her being a suburban ditz head."

The professor, Steffen Schmidt, doesn't do that. He calls Bachmann "the Joan of Arc of the Republican party."

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