Michele Bachmann ignored during, after Republican debate

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Michele Bachmann debated, but did anyone listen?
Breathe deep. It looks like it might all be passing now.

At last night's Republican presidential debate, Michele Bachmann, once a centerpiece of the campaign and media darling, finally started receding from front-and-center and blending into the curtain behind her.

On stage with current front runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, Bachmann was called on sparsely and didn't deliver much when she was. Sure, she said some weird stuff: HPV vaccines shouldn't be given to "innocent" girls, toppling Muammar Qaddafi could lead to a "global caliphate," and have you heard the one about $2 gas?

But by and large, she was ignored during the debate, and left out of the media coverage afterward. If Michele Bachmann says weird stuff and no one cares... is it still stuff?

Consider the debate coverage headlines from across the country:

"Perry and Romney spar over economy, jobs" (from the Washington Post), "Romney and Perry draw lines in the sand" (New York Times), "Rick Perry takes the heat but keeps on smiling" (debate host MSNBC), "Romney, Perry square off in Reagan Library" (Los Angeles Times), "Perry, Romney clash over job creation records" (Chicago Tribune), and, from the Daily Beast: "Perry, Romney dominate Republican debate."

According to that Daily Beast piece, Bachmann was called on to speak only five times in the first 90 minutes of the debate.

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Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and some lady are running for president.
Come on, surely someone wrote about our hometown church gal. Anyone? Oh, there it is! An analysis in the Los Angeles Times: "As Perry and Romney spar, Michele Bachmann fades."

Dammit. That's it? Didn't anyone commit some serious ink to Bachmann? Maybe all these jaded political reporters are just chasing their own tails, following off each others' stories. Let's check in with someone out of step, like the International Business Times, with its analysis, "Republican Debate Winners and Losers."

LOSERS

Michele Bachmann

Done. Fini. Kaput.

That's how you can describe Bachmann's chances of winning the Republican nomination after the debate. Bachmann saw her momentum slow to a crawl after Tea Party favorite Rick Perry joined the race and that will only get worse after Wednesday night.
Uh-oh. Michele, where did it all go wrong?

A day before the debate, the National Journal wrote a pretty damning little piece called "Charting Bachmann's Rapid Collapse," citing the massive and sudden drop in Bachmann's poll numbers -- dragging along at only 7 percent of Republican voters in a late-August NBC/Wall Street Journal poll -- since Rick Perry entered the race.

The National Journal also cited the stepping-down of Bachmann's campaign manager Ed Rollins, and the stepping-the-hell-away of deputy campaign manager David Polyansky as bad, bad signs.

But wait! Ed Rollins is still on the job, and was in the spin room, bending the reporters' ears for Michele last night. Come on, Ed, get her out of this mess! What did you say to MSNBC?

Speaking for Bachmann's campaign in the spin room, veteran Republican strategist Ed Rollins, who once worked for Reagan, said, "Romney had a better night tonight than he has had in the last couple" of debates.
(Gulp.)

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Gottlieberman
Gottlieberman

Bachmann is ignored?

Please,  Ron Paul has been ignored infinitely more than Bachmann.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

I'll be playing the part of Kirk the Conservative Jerk today.

"It's all liberal media bias, Bachmann would be covered more if it wasn't for the thug media she would have her own reality show today"

Now that we have that out of the way...  Was this woman ever a contender in the first place...really?I was actually hoping that she would be the nominee, because I know Obama would beat her. She's been nothing more than a joke since it started.  Her platform was "craziest shit I can say and people will take me seriously for"

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

God damnit! My "Bachmann Whackado Remark Debate Drinking Game" is a week from the market! HANG IN THERE YOU STUPID, CRAZY SAINT, YOU!  

green23
green23

Actually, according to the "Kirk Template" his post would be remarkably similar to this:

 - CP ran a story about Bachmann, but they completely ignored another person. That other person said or did something stupid/crazy/evil at some point in history, but CP insists on covering breaking news involving Minnesota's Congressional delegation. This is obviously bias, which justifies Kirk's own bias.

 - Democrats are just as stupid/crazy/evil as Republicans, which means that Republicans are way better than Democrats...somehow.

 - A decade of tax cuts for the wealthy has failed to produce full employment, so we should cut taxes on the wealthy even more. Anything else is just plain stupid and relies on 'failed policies'.

 - If you want jobs, the government has to restrict voting and abortion a hell of a lot more, and allow good, normal people to start beating up gays just like in the good old days.

 - Who could possibly know more about the opinions of mainstream America than an elderly, black, evangelical, Tea Party Republican that supports Cain?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

She was in first in a few polls but she faded fast.   I do think she was a contender since the new frontrunner is basically Michele Bachmann in a white man's body.   I am glad Michele gets a good close up look at just how sexist the Republicans are.   Michele Bachmann was a crazy Tea Party nut job before there was such a thing as a Tea Party nut job.   I mean Rick Perry is just as stupid as Michele is and just as prone to even worse mental gaffes.   Really if I look at those two idiots the only difference I see is one has a penis.   Once the crazy white man enters the race the crazy white woman fades into the background.   I really don't understand how Republicans think Rick Perry is such a good choice but then again Republicans are very very very very very stupid people.   I mean are Americans really going to vote for some idiot from Texas who threatened to secede from the United States versus the man that had Osama Bin Laden shot in the eye? 

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

green23,you also missed other parts of the Jerks dictionary likeI have proven=I have saidhistory has shown=I seem to rememberevery thing is a left wing media attack=they quoted her correctlyand of course his favorite tactic-ignore the article he is commenting on and attack Obama on an unrelated topic.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

to answer the last part of your question...yes.

Francescobernadone
Francescobernadone

Only one of them has a penis? I don't think Marcus would be as fond of Michele if she didn't. 

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