I don't know why this bugs me as much as it does:

While seeking the Republican nomination for president for much of last year, Michele Bachmann urged voters in her party to support her as the true conservative in the race — a plea that was an implicit dig at front-runner Mitt Romney.

But four months after dropping out of the race, the Minnesota congresswoman will endorse the presumed Republican nominee at an event Thursday in Portsmouth, Va., according to campaign officials.

Well, that's not exactly true. It's the same thing that bugs me about teabaggers who try to insist that they're not a Republican movement: it's just disingenuous. Bachmann is a purity Republican. She insists that the world has to be her way, or the world is wrong. Or at least, that's what she promises when she runs for office. Now that she needs money and cache for her Congressional race, she comes cowering back to the mainstream. This is more than standard political backstepping—I expect Newt Gingrich to say two completely contradictory things on two different days (sometimes at two different speeches on the same day). Bachmann pushes her own party rightward with the crazy shit she says about vaccinations and religion and taxes, but when she's called on to stand up for her principles, she can't do it. (Remember all her talk about innocent little twelve-year-old girls during the debates? Is she just forgetting about those innocent little twelve-year-old girls? Or did she never care about them in the first place?) That's the kind of exceptional wishy-washiness that makes people hate all politicians. I just wish that these purity candidates would stand up for what they supposedly believe in when their ideology crosses traditional Republican party lines. At least then I could respect them for that.