The Bachmann 2012 campaign has taken some serious hits recently. Since Rep. Michele Bachmann's peak—her Ames Straw Poll victory in mid-August—she has slipped from the top tier of the GOP presidential race. The claims she made against Texas Gov. Rick Perry's HPV mandate were debunked, with many arguing she did more harm than good for women's health by suggesting the vaccine causes mental retardation and promiscuity. Last week, her New Hampshire staff quit, issuing a scathing critique of Bachmann. The most recent blow to Bachmann's White House hopes came Thursday when Tea Party activist Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, called for Bachmann to bow out of the race. His American Majority blog post, titled "Bachmann's Floundering Can Damage Tea Party" was harsh on the Minnesota congresswomen:
In Bachmann's case, it is clear that the campaign has become less about reform and more about her personal effort to stay relevant and sell books; a harsh commentary, but true. It's not about tea party values or championing real plans to solve real problems. While other campaigns are diving into the substance, the supposed tea party candidate Bachmann is sticking to thin talking points and hanging on for dear life.
With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney settled in the front-runner spot, businessman Herman Cain surging in the polls, and Perry fighting for a comeback, there is little room for Bachmann to get back into the top tier, especially as more of her staff flees her campaign. Ryun's slam was particularly damning, however. Most of Bachmann's support came from social conservatives and Tea party members. As the Tea Party distances itself from Bachmann, what's left of her social conservative support may also jump ship for another candidate, as most GOP 2012ers fall into that category.
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