John King and David Gergen discuss why Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run again in 2014 and how her legislative career will be remembered by her colleagues and constituents.
In a video statement, Bachmann said her decision has nothing to do with an ethics investigation into her presidential campaign or her concerns about not winning another election.
But King points out she won by fewer than 5,000 votes last time she ran. "The Republicans win today by having Michele Bachmann step aside," he says. "The leadership would prefer a different candidate."
Gergen says despite her thin legislative record, Bachmann had an enormous impact on the Tea Party movement. Regarding her strategy, Gergen believes she's smart not to run because losing would damage her career beyond no longer having a seat in Congress. " If she loses the election, she is no longer a political celebrity. And she loses her speech fees," he says.
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