Skip to comments.Is Michele Bachmann finished in the GOP race?
Posted on 09/08/2011 7:33:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
For a while there, Rep. Michele Bachmann seemed to be all anyone could talk about in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Telegenic, controversial and aligned with fiscal and social conservatives, she soaked up media coverage and seemed to be emerging as the GOP base's preferred alternative to Mitt Romney - particularly since Mike Huckabee decided to forgo the race and Sarah Palin continued waffling about whether she would jump in.
Then came August 13. It was, in once sense, a triumphant day for Bachmann: She won the (albeit overhyped) Iowa straw poll, generating headlines about how she was a top-tier contender with a legitimate shot at the nomination. But August 13 was also the day that Texas governor Rick Perry decided to throw his ten-gallon hat into the race.
Ever since then, Bachmann has steadily faded. Perry shot to the front of the polls on the strength of his dual establishment/base appeal, while Bachmann sank back to third or fourth, alongside Ron Paul. Unable to capitalize on her straw poll momentum, she shook up her campaign staff, removing campaign manager Ed Rollins - who promptly declared the contest a two-man race between Perry and Bachmann.
Wednesday's debate was Bachmann's chance to show she had come up with some sort of plan to regain some semblance of momentum. And despite a strong performance in past debates, she let the opportunity pass her by. While Perry and Romney sparred, a sbdued Bachmann failed to get in any memorable lines and looked like a footnote who belonged with the also-rans, not the contenders.
In the spin room after the debate, Rollins - who is still with the Bachmann campaign - tried to frame Bachmann's unmemorable debate performance as no big deal.
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Yes, Ed Rollins did his job.
IMO, she’s being ignored out of the POTUS race. VP is another story.
I have to agree. God bless her.
old age and treachery trumps youth and enthusiasm every time
I think she is. I think she’ll crumble under the scrutiny of a Presidential Election. She may make a decent cabinet member, but might be a bit of a stretch for VP but it could happen considering Obama’s record of failure.
Ed Rollins.....well done thy good and faithful servant!
No, she has not faded.
Yesterday was a scrimmage with the oppossing players “setup”.
She isn’t any more faded than the others.
Just hang in there Michelly.
Not at all. Bachmann’s a better than a Romney and the pack of political candidates lesser than Romney. The race has boiled down to Bachmann and Perry. And dear Sarah when she jumps in.
But for debates we need to keep Cain and Gingrich in there too. They are our defense line against evil moderators.
Was Bachmann ever in the race?
I thought Michelle looked very presidential last night. Perry was a huge disappointment. I was looking forward to seeing him in action, but he proved to be shallow and unprepared. His hesitancy in answering questions seemed to show a lack of core convictions.
I wouldn’t count on it.
Conservatives who believe the garbage being spewed by the media are busy watching Oprah and waiting for the media to tell them who to vote for.
Bachmann was never anything more than a placeholder for a credible conservative candidate. Whether Perry is as conservative as he’s made out to be might still be an open-ended question, but it’s quite obvious people are more likely to buy into him as conservative enough far more than they’ll accept the zero relevant experience of Bachmann.
This is not all Bachmann’s fault. She had a great performance in SC where she had the opportunity to speak at length. Last night she was largely ignored.
Her brain seemed to be as botoxed as her face.
This is silly. Last night the focus was on Perry, his first debate. Bachmann did a good job. Is she a long shot, yeah but it was not a FATAL night, in spite of the MSM wishes.
There was hesitancy on the part of Perry occasionally but when we analyze what was said, Perry was the one who showed the courage and correct positions on global warming, social security and the death penalty. The guy has guts and has to scare the daylights out of Obama.
People forget how hard the democrats have tried to defeat Michele Bachmann in Minnesota yet she’s always been there at the end.
The left spent something like $20 million trying to defeat her last year.
Ed Rollins certainly had sabotage of the Bachmann campaign in mind. But was the damage he did permanent?
At this point, probably not. In fact, just about any one of the candidates remaining in the field could still turn this around for themselves. There is still a lot more emotion than substance in these debates, but slowly, a concensus is emerging.
Obama must go. Nothing will happen until that one fact has been settled for good and all. The only question, what is the best strategy and agenda to pursue to achieve that end?
IF Palin gets in, some may look at her strategy as being brilliant and some may look at it as being cowardly to not get in an be subject to the same barbs and questions as the others.
She was finished before she got started.
Are we gonna allow them to pick our candidates again?
She got rid of Rollins.
IMHO she should be welcomed back in out of the cold.
To be honest, I was somewhat impressed with Romney. I have never liked the man, but his responses to questions about border security and jobs were quite good. I am having a hard time getting past Romneycare, but now could just barely stand having to vote for him if he gets the nom.
Perry has too many questions that he doesn’t address well. His support of mandatory HPV vaccinations is chilling to me. No conservative would support something like that. I have no problem with the death penalty, so his tepid defense of that didn’t cut much ice with me.
I rate them, based on last night’s performance 1) Bachmann 2) Romney 3) Perry.
Paul is always fun to watch, but I would never vote for the guy for Prez.
She roiled me when she said 47% of blacks don’t have jobs. Hell, they refure to work in school, too. Not all of course.
I wish she weren’t going to do a rebuttal tomight. I wish she’d just ignore Obama since we finally got the rest of the republicans to ignore him. sheesh!
She’s done. I want to learn more about Rubino because the present lot of candidates just aren’t getting the job done. Cain is the biggest dissapointment.
PMSNBC has an interest in who ultimately ends up as the Republican nominee. They want a milquetoast candidate to go up against Obama, so that their voters will be more committed to vote on election day. They don't want conservative voters to have more forward momentum than the union goons, leftists, racists and other filthy radicals who will be buying votes and stuffing ballot boxes.
The focus was on Perry since he's the new kid on the block; and, being the sexist pigs that liberals are, they put Perry up against the man who was closest behind him in polls.
That said, the dope with the yellow tie last night needs to drop out and go order take out Chinese food, "in their language."
No way she is a VP pick...you can take that to the bank..
LOL, we humans are funny. Here you thought Bachmann won and others think she did herself in.
Yeah, I thought she was, but I’m leaning in your direction now.
Surely, you jest. You think she has NOT been on the receiving end of slights and barbs? Are you serious?
I have never seen Palin “waffling” - interesting choice of a word to disparage her. If the current lineup does not lead to producing a strong Conservative candidate - Palin will get in. In her heart - I think she is hoping there is someone who will emerge with her values and commitment to restoring this nation’s liberty loving character - but if duty calls - she has a servant’s heart.
He then stated that she was asked her FIRST question a mere 19 minutes into the debate!
He mentioned that in a similar situation, Rick Santorum interrupted the earlier debate to demand to be included, indicating that Bachmann, in failing to do so, missed her chance to promote herself when she was ignored.
I don't know that I agree w/Wallace (whom I dislike intensely as being the carbon copy of his dad, a sniveling smart-ass, looking his nose down on everyone not him) because these "debates" are really anything but.
I've not had speech nor debate since high school but do remember the structure of debate and nothing that has happened so far has in any way allowed significant candidates to "show their stuff!"
To give so much time to Jon Huntsman was absurd and what a jerk, next to Chris Wallace, Huntsman makes Wallace seem almost pleasant.
Well first of all (giggle), one must suspect the motives of the person who posted a CBS article putting down Michele. The headline alone gives one pause. There are those who support someone else and are only too happy to say it’s over for Bachmann. I think she is the Energizer bunny. Stay tuned:)
Sarah Palin continued waffling about whether she would jump in.”
Not according to many here. She’s totally in, she’s going to walk away with it, and you are a fool rino if you don’t buy that. (Sarah’s coming, and you have NO IDEA what the tsunami is going to be like!).
But at least a little, teensy weensy amount of skepticism is not irrational at this stage....
We’ll see soon enough. Until then, we’ll enjoy the speculation, even if it is rather heavyhanded at times...
Nice lady, good for the debates, out of her league. She simply doesn’t have the experience needed.
Surely we’ve learned that after electing the current disaster.
He was just trying to remeber which set of core convictions to fake.
People forget how hard the democrats have tried to defeat Michele Bachmann in Minnesota yet shes always been there at the end.
The left spent something like $20 million trying to defeat her last year.”
Hopefully she will see the reality soon enough and stay in Congress.....
Yes, the employers claim that the illegals work harder, have a better work ethic, etc. but again, I trace that back to the failure of the education system that refuses to educate black children - black males suffer the most from this criminal act perpetrated by our beloved Dept. of Education (NEA!)