According to Democratic pollster PPP, Bachmann is polling at 18% among Republican voters (in New Hampshire), second only to Romney at 25%. Not only that, non-candidate Sarah Palin is third at 11%, suggesting Bachmann may have more socially conservative and Tea Party votes up for grabs. The rest of the field are in single digits: Ron Paul at 9%, Rick Perry and Herman Cain each at 7% Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty at 6%, and Newt Gingrich at 4%.
Mike Murphy — my favorite Republican bobble-head, because he seems the most like a Philip Seymour Hoffman character — says her life ain’t worth a dime (politically speaking):
[W]hile a unified Republican establishment in full combat mode cannot compete with the Tea Party when it comes to making cardboard Uncle Sam hats, GOP Inc. can easily crush a candidate like Bachmann over the full series of primaries.
Remember, though, that’s what they said about
Reagan Christine O’Donnell. Unfortunately, I think Murphy is probably right, nevertheless, despite this poll.