There seems to be a trend in women leaders being tricked out of office. Palin and Bachmann are clever, but not expert.
While RNC men seem to thread their way through campaign finance with the help of campaign finance experts, the women seem to leave breadcrumbs leading to their resignations. Palin and Bachmann were able to gather millions for their campaigns; but not the kind of money from donors like the Koch brothers nor Adelson. That may be part of RNC planning.
While Palin and Bachmann campaigned on 'talking points' that were winning Pinocchio awards and outright lies, that could be acceptable to the 'stupid party' members. However, the international corporate leaders financing Rove could easily tell that they'd be smeared with the dirt being spewed.
Palin was caught up in RNC spending of $150,000 in expensive clothes for her family, among other technical dispensing.
Bachmann is under investigation by FEC and FBI for payments during the campaign.
"The original FEC allegations center on the suggestion that Short and others arranged to pay Sorenson $7,500 a month from Short’s company, C&M Strategies, for Sorenson’s work on the Iowa Bachmann campaign.
In an affidavit to the Iowa Senate earlier this month, Sorenson denied being paid directly or indirectly by any “Bachmann entities.” That contradicts an earlier affidavit from Parrish describing an “arrangement” to pay Sorenson through Short’s company. Parrish’s affidavit said Bachmann was aware of the arrangement, but thought it was legal."
Unfortunately, not knowing reality doesn't let them off the hook.
I wonder if there are such smart lawyers on the RNC that leave such legal traps in the way of candidates to spring them when they become too much of an embarassment and impediment to legislative leaders. Boehner cleaned several extreme right-wingers from committees this past year.