In Iowa's conservative circles, Michele Bachmann's name seemed to be on everyone's lips last week.
With a GOP presidential field that has left voters wanting more, the provocative "tea party" favorite arrived Friday seemingly well positioned to snap up supporters of 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee after he declined to run for 2012. Her visit here to attend several GOP fundraisers and private meetings with activists generated a flurry of speculation that the Minnesota congresswoman would enter the race earlier than expected.
Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a GOP fundraiser in Ohio on May 20. (JD Pooley, AP) ----->
But Bachmann's visit also showed how her ambitions have been complicated by another charismatic firebrand from the right: Sarah Palin.