01/20/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michele Bachmann Puts Republicans On The Spot

She is a driving force on cable television, a provocative, ubiquitous voice in a world where the distinction between personality and power is increasingly blurred. Now, with Republicans poised to retake the House, lawmakers are watching Ms. Bachmann to see if she can harness her status as an uncompromising -- and sometimes undisciplined -- spokeswoman for conservative principles and turn it into real legislative influence.

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