Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Until Somebody New Comes Along

The Iowa straw poll could have been Michele Bachmann’s peak moment in the presidential race.

As TPM reported Tuesday morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) time as a legitimate contender for the GOP presidential nomination could be up, as a new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) shows her the third choice of Republican voters in Iowa, a state essential to her campaign. The new horserace with the full announced GOP field shows Tex. Gov. Rick Perry at the top with 22 percent, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 19 percent, Bachmann at 18, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at 16 percent.

There’s no way around it — Bachmann’s popularity has taken a huge hit over the last two months, as shown by the PPP numbers.

Politically — and rhetorically — there’s not a lot of difference between Ms. Bachmann and Mr. Perry, and they’re both prone to saying outlandish things that get a lot of media attention. And, in case you haven’t noticed, Ms. Bachmann is a woman, and chances are, the GOP isn’t going to nominate a woman when they can find a man to do the job, even if some of them think the field is sorely lacking.

This might be a lesson for Sarah Palin. Although she’s always teasing the media about maybe getting into the race, the experience of Ms. Bachmann indicates that she’s missed her shot. One outspoken woman per campaign seems to be their quota.