Noem has only just arrived at Capitol Hill High School, but she?s already one of the most popular girls in class, and every sorority wants her. The GOP establishment would like to keep her from the clutches of Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), who is challenging Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) for Republican conference chair. The Party establishment prefers the lower-key, but equally conservative, Hensarling, but Bachmann has strong connections with the Tea Party movement. Keeping Kristi Noem out of her orbit is an important move in the contest for conference chair.
Just try to keep these two from talking.
Embracing Noem may also prove to be a strategic move in the even longer game for the 2012 presidential nomination. Although she is often compared to Sarah Palin, Noem was endorsed by Mitt Romney, but not Palin. She could be Romney?s strongest link to a Tea Party that hasn?t demonstrated much enthusiasm for him.
Mitt Romney might be the TEA party second choice over Sarah Palin. besides It is still way to early to start picking candidates for 2012 presidential race.
Those that have heard these two ladies (Kristi and Sarah) speak, know they are completely
different. While their story is somewhat similar, it like comparing pheasant to caribou.