No one is saying it for quotation yet, but it is increasingly likely that Michele Bachmann will decide not to seek another term in the U.S. House when her seat comes up in 2014.Lots of Republicans say off the record that they are hearing a growing chorus of rumors that Bachmann may retire. And they are downright expansive about the fact that the party will be thrilled if she does. But absolutely no one to whom I have spoken claims to have heard it from her or from members of her innermost circle.So if you are willing to take this as informed speculation, here are some of the issues:Republican Bachmann’s Sixth District should be solid red. In fact, it is the most pro-Republican district in Minnesota. A generic Republican starts with about an 8 percentage point advantage, according to Cook Political Report’s “Partisan Voting Index.” Yet, Bachmann won reelection last year by less than 2 points against political newcomer Jim Graves, and despite the fact that Bachmann outspent Graves by about (hold your breath) 12 to 1. Bachmann spent more than any other House candidate in the country and barely survived.
If it is true - god forbid the chaos she will cause wherever she ends up.