In the wake of Michele Bachmann's Saturday victory in the Iowa Straw Poll, her star shone brightly as she appeared on all five Sunday talk shows.

In the wake of Michele Bachmann's Saturday victory in the Iowa Straw Poll, her star shone brightly as she appeared on all five Sunday talk shows.

She was everywhere. Clearly the media is smitten with Bachmann fever, so let's all settle in for a lengthy media overfeeding at the trough of Bachmann.

Then Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination and had the media jumping all over him.

He's new! We haven' t seen him before!

The media really is the dog from "Up." Squirrel!! It's been seven hours. I'm tired of Michele Bachmann squirrel!!

As the media put it, Perry "hit the ground running" and was "firing all guns." Or, to put it more factually, campaigning around Iowa in a bus.

"[President Obama] likes to talk about jobs, but I think the only job he cares about is the one he's got I think you want a president that is passionate about America, that's in love with America," Perry said.

You want a president that's in love with America. You want a president that, in a rain storm, would grab America 's hand and take shelter in a nearby barn.

Maybe help America out of its wet clothes. Maybe lay America down on some hay bales , and as America and Rick Perry become one, the sounds of their love-making merge with the thunderstorm's cacophony , the barn shutters rattling.

T he livestock , they want to look away, but their eyes are transfixed. I am Rick Perry and unlike Barack Obama, I will f --- the s --- out of America! America, you got a purty mouth.

Governor, it's only day two and you're boot-deep in hay and hitting on America. It's a long campaign; you need to dial back the Texas a notch - you're already at Yosemite Sam levels.

Of course while Republicans joust for position, the president has the privilege and benefit of being able to stay above the fray. He's months away from having to get his hands dirty with swing state bus travel.

No, wait. Obama began a three-day, three-state bus tour in Minnesota last week. Seriously, Obama's back in campaign mode already.

Well, the administration insisted this is not a campaign trip. Yeah, I'm sure it isn't a campaign trip. He just had some frequent Greyhound miles he had to burn.

You know, Mr. President, if it's a campaign trip - which it's not - you're going to have to change your message from before.

Last time you ran with the "Audacity of Hope," "change we can believe in" stuff, but I'm not sure that's going to fly this time. What's this campaign's "Yes, we can"?

"We have a political culture that doesn't seem willing to make the tough choices to move America forward some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win," Obama said.

So this time around the message is, "I thought we could, but it turns out the other guys are a-holes."