Kathryn Lopez

I've spent a little time with Bachmann and know her at least well enough to be able to combat this "hatemonger" nonsense. Death camps?! She and her husband care for as many disadvantaged children as they possibly can.

As she recently told my friend, radio talk-show host Mark Levin, it's amazing that any "normal American" would want to have anything to do with politics after the "public flogging" Bachmann endured in the final weeks of her re-election campaign. Her story of overcoming the megaphone of the mainstream media -- an entity that proved a tremendous fundraising boon for her opponent -- and speaking directly to the voters via talk radio and old-fashioned campaigning should serve as an inspiration to good Americans who want to serve -- and have their voices heard over the noise.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.