Bachus is in line to chair the powerful Financial Services Committee, but is facing a challenge from Ed Royce of California, and now from pro-Palin Tea Partiers who will watch this decision by John Boehner for signs of old boy networks trumping the new politics of grass roots activism.
Most of the focus of the Tea Party activists had been on the competition between Fred Upton and John Shimkus for chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but with Bachus’ shot at Palin the spotlight has shifted to the Bachus-Royce race.
If an obscure Beltway conservative can knock Palin and still garner the Speaker’s blessing for a coveted chair many of the activists will have their first particular in a bill of indictment for business-as-usual.
UPDATE: Sarah weighs in. Now the story is huge for Boehner. Does he get into a fight with SP before he gets the gavel?
As I have been saying on the show today, there is a second aspect to this story, which is Congressman Bachus’ cluelessness about how the new media works. You cannot slam Sarah Palin in Alabama and not know it will be driving talk radio and the blogs 48 hours later and expect to be leader of a major committee. It is a foreshadowing of new media cluelessness that could cripple GOP efforts when to comes to repealing Obamacare and engineering robust economic growth. Message discipline is the key to success these days, and Spencer Bachus does not appear to have figured this out.
UPDATE: Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe blasts Bachus comments. Expect more and more conservatives to distance themselves from Bachus. Hard to see John Boehner starting out his tenure by promoting the Alabama congressman.