Michele Bachmann is a joke. She is a joke. And now I will pass it on to you. Her answer is a joke, her candidacy is a joke, and anybody that sits here and says she has any chance of winning anything is out of their mind. Take your straw poll, take your caucus, but Iowa, if you let her win, you prove your irrelevance once again,” – Joe Scarborough.
It’s in line with my thoughts last night
She showed that she can’t engage in debate without resorting to personal attacks instead of talking about substance or policy. In the long run, she will be hurt by tonight’s debate.
Some people at The Corner (major multi-contributor conservative blog) have begun to turn the corner against Bachmann as well.
1) Bachmann’s answer to the “submission” question would have been perfectly fine if not for the context–in the story Byron quoted, substitute “respect” for “submission” and the story makes no sense.
Ok, actually looking back it is only Ramesh Ponnuru criticizing Bachmann a bit, in that post and in another saying that she probably hurt herself in the long term.
But as far as The Corner goes, Ponnuru is probably the only (regular) writer there who’s positions carry any weight outside of the conservablogosphere.
I said it last night, but I’ll say it again: debates are about lasting impressions. Bachmann won the debate before this one by being “the interesting one”. She pulled the same schtick last night and didn’t leave anyone with any new positive impressions. Her engaging with Pawlenty left new negative impressions, mainly that her rebuttals are weak, partisan, and not smart enough to stand up to the test of having 100 million people of all political beliefs parse them instead of the half million conservatives paying word-by-word attention to the race right now.
The sad thing is although Pawlenty probably provided a catalyst for all this, but he has little chance at gaining the voters Bachmann might lose. They’ll probably jump to Perry.