Already a national figure, a unnamed source now tells ABC that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is eyeing a run for president.
"ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012," the report said.
In the piece, her chief of staff didn't squash the thinking.
Meanwhile, ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has been angling for 2012 presidential stature for more than a year, formally announced his bio-book tour with stops for readers (aka voter/donors) in DC, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire and Iowa.
According to ABC, Bachmann also has an Iowa trip planned.
So, Hot Dish readers, how do you compare Pawlenty for President v. Bachmann for President?
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.