It seems like just yesterday that Michele Bachmann was in the “top tier,” thanks to her narrow victory in the mostly meaningless Iowa straw poll. She had “momentum.” Then came this week’s debate and, well, things are looking different. As the Washington Post described the scene at the debate:
Meanwhile, any momentum that Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), who won the Iowa straw poll in August, may have had from that victory has been extinguished by Perry.
The debates have been a forum in which Bachmann has shone, but she was sidelined on Wednesday night.
She was not asked a question until 14 minutes into the debate, and during an exchange on healthcare, she shouted for a chance to speak–only to be told that it was Huntsman’s turn.
This should serve as a reminder that “momentum” in electoral politics is basically just how much attention media decide to grant a given candidate. Then when the press decide to pay less attention to your candidacy, they can observe that they had no choice–you lost your “momentum.”