The Iowa Straw poll results:
1. Michele Bachmann: 4823 votes
2. Ron Paul: 4671
3. Tim Pawlenty: 2293
4. Rick Santorum: 1657
5. Herman Cain: 1456
6. Rick Perry 718
7. Mitt Romney: 567
8. Newt Gingrich: 385
9. Jon Huntsman 69
10. Thaddeus McCotter: 35
The Bachmann momentum builds. Really people? Bachmann?
Ron Paul, as usual, turns out every Libertarian in the state of Iowa. But his political ceiling remains about two feet higher than his floor.
Tim “I Got” Pawlenty of nothing gets walloped two-to-one by the Wide-Eyed Wonder and quits the race in abject embarrassment.
Rick Perry, the Ken doll from Texas, isn’t on the ballot but uses write-ins to beat the Massachusetts Ken doll, Mitt Romney.
Herman “Rock You Like a Herman” Cain peters out into a tropical depression somewhere over the Bermuda Triangle. Newt Gingrich trails badly — apparently they don’t have Twitter yet in Iowa. And watching Jon Huntsman try to hit up Republican voters is like watching Charlie Sheen prowl for dates in a lesbian bar — whatever he’s selling, they’re not buying, and he doesn’t understand why.
But most important:
Michele Bachmann? Really, people?
– Jay Bookman