• Michele Bachmann Performing Badly, Even by Michele Bachmann Standards

    Nate Silver makes a rather sad observation for Michele Bachmann

    Entrance polls and very easy voting tabulations don't always tell you much about who is winning — but they can tell you something about who has too steep a hill to climb. So far, that candidate appears to be Michele Bachmann.

    She has just 6 percent of the vote in the first 49 precincts that reported, even though other conservative candidates are performing well in these areas. And her entrance polls are no better: she was favored by only 8 percent of evangelical voters, for instance.

    Ugh, that awful news! What happened?! How could things have gone so wrong for her?

    If only there was one more conservative ideal she could have championed. One more controversy she could have hyperbolized. One more fact she could have invented. One more minority group she could have demonized.

    If there was just a little more time!

    Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Iowa, Iowa Caucus, Michele Bachmann, Nate Silver

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