CNN’s decision to air the video seems calculated; they know Bachmann is a huge media sensation and that it would play into the narrative among left-leaning media about a “divided” GOP. Even many “centrists” such as myself can’t help but be fascinated by the spectacle that she has become.
Still, I think there is reason for concern in the “cult of the hero” attitude developing on the Right. It’s dangerous to treat politicians such as Palin and Bachmann like movie stars, worshiping their every word and action. I think it’s more healthy to treat politicians (all of them) with extreme skepticism and mistrust. The icon-status these ambitious individuals are gaining is somewhat troubling if it represents a change in the way Americans view politics and politicians.