How Bachmann's Campaign Fell Apart
Last place in Iowa looms for Ames winner
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 4:41 AM CST
Michele Bachmann gestures while speaking during a campaign stop at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann says she can still win Iowa, but with staffers defecting and some polls putting her in last place, most analysts are ready to read the last rites to the Minnesota congresswoman's campaign. So where did it go wrong for the Ames straw poll winner? Unfortunate timing, a lack of cash, feuds with advisers, and some major missteps all played a part, Politico finds. Rick Perry stole her thunder by entering the race the same day as the straw poll, and many saw her refusal to leave her campaign bus the next night to share the spotlight with him at a GOP fundraiser as a turning point.

Bachmann retreated to the conservative comfort zone of Fox soon afterward, and failed to develop a strong message, campaign insiders say. In the debates, Bachmann, possibly with the VP spot in mind, appeared reluctant to land blows on Mitt Romney. Her former campaign manager, Ed Rollins—who accused Bachmann of being "out of ideas" after he quit in September—says she has also been damaged by her tendency to see sinister motives behind setbacks. She accused Newt Gingrich of buying Tea Party support in South Carolina, and after her Iowa campaign chairman defected to Ron Paul this week, she accused the Paul campaign of paying him off.

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Dec 31, 2011 6:14 AM CST
Ms. Bachmann's views - not her party - are her downfall here. She could be plumping for the Green Party, and she still would be in this predicament.
Dec 30, 2011 1:57 PM CST
"How Bachmann's Campaign Fell Apart" Well, to start with ... it was Michelle Bachmann's campaign went downhill from there because she started talking ...
Dec 30, 2011 11:28 AM CST
Bachmann's accusation that Ron Paul BOUGHT the staffer; which was then publicly stated to be UNTRUE by ANOTHER of her staffers -- is one of the worst mistakes I think she's made (and there have been a number of them). But this one takes top honors. It certainly appears she's just shooting out unfounded allegations (LIES, if you will) -- and I'm not a Ron Paul fan.