Save when the media unfairly pilloried (or left-wing activists assaulted and/or demonized) Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, I didn’t pay her candidacy much heed, largely because I expected to her to fade early in the nominating process.
It looks like her campaign is fading ever more rapidly than I had forecast. She barely broke into the single digits, scoring just 1.5%, in the recent Florida straw poll. And now comes words that more aides are leaving her campaign:
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is losing her pollster and senior adviser in a staff exodus that raises questions about the viability of her White House bid and her campaign finances.
Pollster Ed Goeas plans to leave the campaign after upcoming debates in New Hampshire and Nevada, and senior adviser Andy Parrish is returning to the Minnesota congresswoman’s office where he served as chief of staff.
Last month, Ed Rollins, Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign manager, and his deputy stepped down.
While I appreciate her ability to articulate the conservative message (on fiscal issues) with passion and conviction and acknowledge her commitment to Israel, I have long had concerns about her attitudes toward gay people.
She doesn’t appear to have responded to GOProud’s request for a meeting. I won’t be shedding any tears at the fading of her political fortunes and hope her fall will allow more competent and less divisive conservatives to seize the Tea Party mantle to which she once laid claim.
UPDATE: Shortly after posting this piece, I e-mailed Chris Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s board to confirm the information in the first sentence of the concluding paragraph above. He wrote back with this statement: “It is clear at this point a meeting is not a high priority for Rep. Bachmann. It is unfortunate. I think she has missed a real opportunity to confront and explain some of the things from her record.”