The Minnesota Republican congresswoman who wants to become president of the United States, Michele Bachmann, seems to be fading in popularity and needs to get her faltering campaign back on track if she is to be a credible alternative to front-runner Texas Gov. Rick Perry and runner-up former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
In what some observers view as a reaction to Bachmann’s fade in the polls, her campaign manager, Ed Rollins, and his deputy, David Polyansky, quit their jobs. Rollins is said to be moving into an advisory role in her campaign.
From where I sit, Bachmann’s performance on Wednesday in the NBC Republican candidates’ debate was disappointing and well below her showing in the Fox News debate, in which I thought she held her own and even stood out.
Bachmann was little more than an afterthought in the battle between front-runners Perry and Romney. For one 20-minute stretch, we didn’t hear a word from her.
Among all Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, Perry has edged ahead with 27 per cent of the vote, followed by Romney with 22 per cent, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin at 14 percent, Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) with 8 percent and Bachmann at 6 percent.
While Perry and Romney were able to boast about their records of achievement, which they earned as chief executives of major states—Texas and Massachusetts respectively—Bachmann could only repeat her claim to a Congressional career long on heart and try, but short on tangible accomplishment and victory. Even former House Speaker Newt Gingrich out-shone Bachmann on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, after her victory in the Ames Straw Poll, the first woman ever to win, Bachmann is beginning to sound a bit like a broken record and has slipped back into the second-tier in recent polls. In a national poll by The Washington Post and ABC News—and reinforced in another poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal—Bachmann’s support has been cut in in half in just a few weeks. Her support was less than half that of Sarah Palin who is not an official candidate.
As Bachmann struggles to remain relevant, one can’t help but feel she’s peaked too early and too quickly. A strong victory in Iowa this winter, though, would help keep her GOP nomination campaign afloat. While a loss will almost certainly end any chance of her becoming the first female president.