By Mike Munzenrider
Minnesota 6th district Rep. Michele Bachmann joined an exclusive list Thursday when she made it onto Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Bachmann made the list because of the level of interest she has raised within Republican circles regarding the 2012 presidential race, Time's Washington bureau chief Michael Duffy told NPR.
While Time cites her popularity among voters for her inclusion, The New York Time's FiveThirtyEight blog reports Bachmann received far less media attention over the past six months than other Republican presidential nomination seekers such as Sarah Palin, New Gingrich, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Rush Limbaugh wrote about Bachmann for Time, saying the left can "underestimate her at their own risk."