CNN's Larry King (and former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer argued with her recently: "They're talking (to) about 1 percent of the population," he said. "They had no effect on the election. ... Would you want them to be the voice of the Republican Party?" Didn't faze the ungrammatical Bachmann, who has one of the largest press operations in Congress, "it's all about the ratings." Elections, polling don't count- it's Arbitron and Nielsen who take the real pulse of voters.
Think Progress pulled this dialogue:
KING: Would you want the Limbaugh, that crowd — would you want them to be your voice as the Republican Party stands in this country?
BACHMANN: Well remember it’s who the American people are referring to Larry. And the American people are looking to voices like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck –
KING: I just told you — it’s 2 percent of America. It’s 2 percent!
BACHMANN: If you look for a critical mass, that’s the movement, that’s the direction that the critical mass is going. And the American people are very smart people.
Conflating radio and teevee entertainers ratings with political consensus is a fool's paradise. (And Fleischer, a pro, knows it). While stoking anger against the Democrats will help, the Republicans had better figure out a way to get some real ratings among voters who aren't crazy like Fox News. (FNC's audience on a good day is around 3 million viewers, and that includes all the liberals they claim as viewers).