That's a recipe for a leadership fight. Earlier today, current conference chair Mike Pence informed his colleagues he will not seek re-election to that position in January. Wasting no time, Whip Eric Cantor -- who will run for Majority Leader in the 112th Congress -- nominated the early favorite, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to fill that slot.
Hensarling is no moderate. But between the more than four dozen members already in Bachmann's caucus and the giant incoming class -- which is chock full of tea party-backed candidates -- we could have a real race here.