The Astroturfing group AFP (Mostly Imaginary Americans For David Koch's Prosperity) is holding …
... a summit in New Hampshire next month. Among attendees will be some familiar names with buzz about trying for the Republican nomination for the 2012 nomination.
Tim Pawlenty will be in attendance, as will Rick Santorum.
Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich have all been invited, but it is not confirmed whether they will be attending.
[...] ... low-profile businessman Herman Caine was invited and will attend, while South Dakota Sen. John Thune, who has announced that he will not seek the presidency, was invited and declined.
Okay, other shoe, time to drop:
Not attending, and : Head of the Congressional tea party caucus, Rep. Michele Bachmann.
There's some babble from some spokesdrone later on in the post about how Bachmann wasn't a "serious" candidate back when they drew up the invitation list, but I'm not buying it. First, it's been obvious that Bachmann has been considering a run for many months, arguably since Obama's inauguration. At minimum, they could have put a placeholder in with her name on it and passed the word through back channels. Especially considering invitees like Santorum, Barbour, and Thune. Also, if they wanted her to be a candidate, I have to think that they'd believe their very invitation would encourage her to jump more fully in.
SOME might speculate that the real reason for the snub is that Sarah Palin told them she wouldn't show up if Bachmann did. Or, maybe we've just reach a moment of truth: Michele Bachmann is just considered too crazy, even for other crazy people to want around.
(h/t: RM/FB | x-posted)