I would like to congratulate US Rep. Michele Bachmann on her victory in the Iowa Straw Poll. I think she deserved it. She worked hard for it.
She was the target of sexism and personal attacks when no one else in the field was. She was backed by a mentor that was once an Iowa Straw Poll winner, Mike Huckabee. That is no minor supporter either.
She is the candidate of choice for the Anti-Abortion movement as well. I sincerely believe the movement to ban abortion is sincerely worried about their future. They are using the States to try to win ground for their ban and are seeking momentum to return their efforts in a way they started to gain ground under Bush/Cheney. No other candidate has what Rep. Bachman does to that movement.
Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 10:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 10:36 PM
AMES, Iowa -- On the day that Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally joined the Republican presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, narrowly won the Iowa Straw Poll in a contest that dealt a major setback to third-place finisher Tim Pawlenty.
The events of Saturday marked the opening of a new and accelerating chapter in a 2012 GOP campaign that has been slow to take shape. With Mitt Romney established as the front-runner for the nomination, the entry of Perry and the victory here by Bachmann are likely to reorder the field and intensify the competition to emerge as the former Massachusetts governor's principal challenger.
Romney has dictated the pace of his campaign almost without regard to other contenders, and he has managed to avoid direct confrontations with the other Republicans in the field, most recently in Thursday's debate in Iowa. But that could change quickly as the GOP candidates look toward a September calendar that includes three nationally televised debates….
I also believe, while Rick Perry is a favorite to many that like the dissonance a Texan brings to the political spectrum, he is after all simply another GOOD 'OLE BOY. Now, isn't he? I strongly believe he was 'placed' in this race because Palin backed him for re-election as Governor and the GOP is attempting to water down the chill of the "Iced Tea Party" in this race. Perry has enough of a radical Right Wing following to cast a shadow on Rep. Bachmann.
US Rep. Ron Paul is singing his 'swan song.' He is not running for re-election and the GOP respects his dedication enough to want to make him noteworthy in his point of view.
Pawlenty primarily showed up third because he was willing to attach 'a woman' in the field when no one else did. You know, that whole front runner 'thing.' If he was strong enough to take on the front runner then he is stronger enough to beat her.
For the most part, Michele did herself proud. She also proved to the GOP that women can make an impression that lasts and her stand on issues of the day matter to people.
This will bring her campaign added funds which she needs. I do believe the women of the GOP will see to her campaign integrity more than others imagine. I believe she is the 'distaff' candidate. When women run, they frequently win. I wish her well, everyone is out to stop her.