Michele Bachmann’s Challenger Only Wanted to Run Against Michele Bachmann

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Amateur politician Jim Graves, the founder of a hotel chain, nearly beat Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann in last year's election because she is crazy. He vowed to try again in 2014, but then Bachmann said she will not run again, so neither will Graves because he is not crazy. "Basically, after all that's gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I've been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, 'Mission Accomplished," the Democrat told MinnPost today. "She wasn't representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won't be representing them. There's no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task." Sure, okay!

Graves lost the House seat to Bachmann by just 1.2 percentage points in a district that Mitt Romney won with 56 percent of the vote, or his best in the state. In other words, against a qualified and sane Republican, he has no chance: "Charlie Cook, who analyzes every congressional district based on multiple factors, rates the district 'R +10,' which means a generic Republican should start out with roughly a 10-percentage-point lead over a generic Democrat. That makes the 6th the most Republican-leaning district in Minnesota."

Graves said "his plan is to give no interviews for a month so the spotlight can shift to others who want to enter the race from which he is withdrawing." Is that a Bachmann un-retiring we smell? Maybe if she decides to run again, Graves will, too, and they can keep playing chicken until Election Day.