Bachmann says the model laid out by former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in his post-congressional life is a “great example” of what she’d like to do: some time as a talking head, a position at a think tank (preferably having something to do with foreign policy), premium speaking fees and maybe a book or two.
So, which think tank could Bachmann land at? The most likely is the conservative Heritage Foundation, where she gave one of her last official speeches as a member of Congress earlier this month. [WPost notes that the audience at the event was primarily made up of a couple dozen interns. Ouch.]
If she follows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's think tank path exactly, she will land at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where Gingrich was formerly a Senior Fellow. She would also end up at Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where Gingrich was a member of the Terrorism Task Force. [He is currently not a member of CFR.]
And following exactly in Mr. Gingrich's footsteps will also mean that she needs to start and collapse her own think tank, just like Newt.
Here is a list that Think Tank Watch compiled of various [largely former] Members of Congress and which think tanks they are now affiliated with.