ABC News is reporting that Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, is considering a run for President in 2012. Bachmann has been lauded and lambasted for comments she’s made in support of the Tea Party movement.

Bachmann’s controversial statements on a variety of issues have apparently caused the old guard of the Republican party to penalize her:

Her bid for a post-election leadership position — the GOP conference chair — met with barely concealed dismay. Incoming House Speaker John Boehner put two other Tea Partiers on his transition team while conspicuously ignoring Bachmann. She resorted to reminding him via Politico why he ought to kiss her ring: “There was a real question, even 18 months ago, about whether the Tea Party would become a third party. I worked really hard to pull them to our party because we have to have a two-party system. I have been able to bring a voice and motivate people to, in effect, put that gavel in John Boehner’s hands, so that Republicans can lead going forward.”

Now her potential run and the apparent schism, big or small, that exists between the Tea Party movement and rank-and-file Republicans will likely amount to nothing, but there is a scenario that could see Bachmann or perhaps another prominent Tea Party leader leading the group out as a third party.

This would be nothing short of a catastrophe for the GOP, and would almost certainly lead to a second term for Barack Obama.

So what’s the verdict PDers?

Savior or destroyer?