Finishing 6th out of 7 in the state she was born in and lived in until she was 13 doesn't impress and Bachman did not speculate on what went wrong. Certainly something did as back in August, the Tea Party candidate won the Iowa straw poll and was then considered a frontrunner for the nomination. But she began, and continued thereafter, to drop in the polls. Why?
Michele Bachmann Spurned by Iowa
She did poorly because she's a liability, and Tea Party members figured that out and those who do not back Ron Paul moved their allegiances from Bachmann to Rick Santorum, second to Mitt Romney in Iowa by a mere 8 votes. One of the reasons is that registered Republican voters are making it clear they want to beat Obama and do not care who manages it. Because of that Tea Party supporters, in the crunch, began to abandon Bachmann in droves for the more verbally-constrained and low-key Santorum.
Did the Wisdom of Rep. Bachmann Catch Up to Her?
Despite her huge antipathy for President Obama, she is not capable of beating him. She's simply too offbeat, uninformed and controversial. This is a woman who claimed swine flu outbreaks only take place when Democrats are in the White House. "I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence," she said. She happened to be talking about a swine-flu outbreak during Obama's term and another in 1976 but she was wrong, during the 1976 outbreak Republican Gerald Ford was President. She didn't say if she thought that fact was interesting.
On Aug. 16 of 2011 she started a speech by wishing happy birthday to the late Elvis Presley - but it was not the day of his birth, but the anniversary of his death. In 2009, she said carbon dioxide was not a dangerous gas and that not one study had ever proven it was harmful. She recently talked of a return to McCarthyism in order to find out which members of Congress were pro-America, and which were anti-America.
Bachmann once said it was a "bizarre time we're in" when a judge can tell children they cannot say the pledge of allegiance but they must "learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it." She didn't give an example. She also insisted a 2011 earthquake and hurricane on America's east coast was God's way of getting angry because the U.S. federal government was spending too much. The list truly goes on. And on.
From Iowa Straw Poll Winner to First to Drop-out
That she had won that Iowa straw poll and has been far higher in the polls nationally than the well under 10% she was at on the day she dropped out, suggests she has been held in high regard by her party and that there are many Republicans who find her views attractive (and, presumably, comprehensible). But Santorum, and Tea Party godfather Paul, don't often speak so foolishly from the hip.
In some minds this election is the coronation of the Tea Party and that it will prove its agenda of a return to the principle tenants of religion, to a government that taxes little and governs less and to an ultra-conservative interpretation of the U.S. constitution, is the dominate force in the GOP.
That is likely still so, but in Iowa they just got a little pragmatic.