We've known since she started talking about running for President she didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the nomination, much less the general election for President of the United States.
Now an insurance application released by an anonymous tipster has revealed that the Bachmann campaign plans to not field or staff offices in Michigan, Texas, California, Florida and Washington DC.
The application, for instance, specifically asks the campaign how many full-time, part-time, and volunteer staffers or independent contractors it has in Florida, California, Michigan, Texas, and Washington, D.C. In each instance, Watkins wrote simply, "None planned." It might make strategic sense for Bachmann to skip the Michigan and Texas primaries, in which natives Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, respectively, will be heavily favored. And California's primary is scheduled so late in the season that the contest will likely be decided before it happens.
But Florida is a crucial state. Its primary will be just the fourth in the cycle, which is one reason Bachmann is publicly insisting that she "intend[s] to win Florida, and win it twice—once in the primary and once in the general election." That's a tough sell without volunteers, staffers, or contractors on the ground in the state.
The documents go on to reveal that she plans to raise $30M with a campaign of 50 total paid staffers and up to 400 total volunteers through June 2012. Losing Republicans in 2008 (like Mitt Romney) raised twice that.
Can anyone say "Book Tour"?