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The Michele Bachmann Caucus: How A Star GOP Rep Has Gone Rogue

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When Bachmann's speech was first announced last week, it sure raised a lot of eyebrows. On Monday, she said it wasn't an attempt to upstage Ryan. "I'm just reacting to what President Obama is saying, to the Tea Party Express group," Bachmann had said. "It's not meant to be in competition in any way. Paul Ryan is the official GOP response and he'll do a wonderful job."

As it turned out, only one TV network carried the speech live -- and it wasn't Fox News, the channel that Bachmann has virtually co-starred on for the last two years. Instead, it was CNN -- and as Greg Sargent reported, some GOP aides were unhappy with CNN for furthering the appearance of GOP divisions.

And on top of that, Bachmann didn't just give her own separate response from the GOP's. As Politico noted, she also released her own budget plan in the hours before the State of the Union!

As you know, Bachmann has been floating the idea of running for president, and has even visited Iowa. So with the Iowa Republican caucuses scheduled for February 2012, the question becomes: When are the Bachmann caucuses?