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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bachmann's in the Basement with Santorum

Posted by Paul Constant on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

The National Review, in a post titled "Cain Soars To Third, Two Points Behind Perry," manages to bury the lede. The issue isn't that Cain is soaring...

Herman Cain has soared to third place in a new Fox News poll of Republican primary voters, winning 17 percent, which puts him 2 points behind Rick Perry (19 percent) and 6 points behind Mitt Romney (23 percent).

...it's that Michele Bachmann is plummeting:

Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann is tied for last place at 3 percent with Rick Santorum. Just ahead of Santorum and Bachmann is Jon Huntsman, who is backed by 4 percent.

As I've said a million times before, polls are meaningless this far out from primary season when it comes to determining the fortunes of a candidate. They do, however, indicate the mood of the party. If there is anything to like about this year's model of the Republican Party it's that the Christian Right is no longer a dominating force. Santorum, the only solid Christian running as a solid Christian—Perry's positioning himself as a job guy, not a Jesus guy—and Bachmann, the True Believer, are sinking to the bottom of the polls. Those highfalutin' Christian Republican morals—save the children, execute the sinners and fur'ners—go right out the window when the economy is in the toilet. At the debates, Republicans might give lip service to the social issues game, but the smart candidates know that the money is all that matters.

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