Will: Bachmann ‘Not Among the Serious Contenders’

by Robert Costa

On ABC’s This Week, George F. Will, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, dismissed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) as a potential presidential candidate. “She is not among the serious contenders,” he said. “We know who settles presidential elections, they are independent voters. Independent voters are not inflamed, and not inflamed in the way of the marginal Republican candidates.”

Will, in his erudite way, also wondered about Bachmann’s knowledge of American history. Bachmann, in a visit to New Hampshire on Saturday, suggested that the Revolutionary War began in Concord, N.H. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord,” she said to a Manchester crowd.

Will, when asked for his thoughts, simply quoted “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord. He recited the first stanza, with gusto, as his fellow panelists looked on:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood,

And fired the shot heard round the world.

This all happened, he said drolly, by “Concord bridge in Massachusetts.”