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  Join the Fix Fridays at 11           Sarah Palin (left) is often compared to Michele Bachmann. But Bachmann has shown herself to be
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                                       Update, 4:43 pm: Several readers point out another key difference
                                       between Bachmann and Palin — their approach to criticism. Bachmann,
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                                       mistakes she makes on the campaign trail. Palin is notorious for
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know about upcoming          Sarah Palin is in Iowa today. Michele Bachmann announced her
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                             candidacy there on Monday. For reporters, that’s a coincidence(?)
                             impossible to resist; scads of stories are being produced comparing the
                             two women.                                                                               Obama calls the GOP’s bluff
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                             The comparisons between Palin and Bachmann are, at one level, apt.
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       HALL OF FAME          But, that’s where the similarities end. And, over the past few months,                   New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other
                             Bachmann has proven that she is different in important ways from Palin                   independent groups could define 2012
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                             Let’s look at the critical elements that differentiate Bachmann from Palin:              helmet laws
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                             * Outside the inner circle: After the 2008 election, Palin was the hottest
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blogs -- as of April 2009.   commodity in Republican politics. She briefly sought to expand her                       - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post
                             decidedly narrow inner circle — hiring on the likes of GOP fundraiser                    240 people recommend this.
                             Becki Donatelli — but those relationships quickly frayed, leaving Palin on
                             a bit of a strategic island. (Palin’s closest political adviser, according to
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                             and look like you belong matters in a presidential race. Palin seems             5. Government efforts to modernize air traffic contro
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                             race, hasn’t.
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                        * Tabula rasa: The simple fact is that every Republican knows Palin and              Ezra Klein's
                        a significant chunk of them don’t like her. In a March Washington                    Wonkbook                         Sunday Agenda &
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                        opinion of Palin. Of those who did have an opinion, 58 percent felt
                        favorably while 37 percent felt unfavorably. Compare those numbers to               Enter your e-mail address                          Subscribe
                        Bachmann’s showing in a new Associated Press poll. Roughly one in
                        three Republican didn’t know enough about Bachmann to have an opinion
                        about her but among those that did 54 percent saw her in a favorable
                        light while just 13 percent viewed her unfavorably. Those numbers mean
                        that Bachmann has considerable room to grow as she gets better known               On ForeignPolicy.com
                        to GOP voters. Palin, on the other hand, is, today, where she would likely
                        end up by the time people start voting next year. There are a significant                              Don't Be Evil
                        number of people who like her and a smaller but growing group that don’t.                              What Google doesn't get about
                        Because she is almost universally known, it’s hard to imagine her image                                violent extremism -- and how it can
                        changing in any meaningful way over the next year no matter what she                                   do better.
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