I'll be the first to admit that I didn't think Elwyn Tinklenberg had a very good shot at defeating Congresswoman Michele Bachmann this fall. Even though he had raised a million dollars this election year, he had a very significant cash on hand deficit and Bachmann had been targeted by the NRCC to be saved.
Then, Congresswoman Bachmann opened her mouth. Her six minutes of shame last Friday have done more to change the political landscape in the 6th then anything else over the past year.
It's pretty easy to see that Bachmann decided to lay low, dodging Elwyn at numerous forums across the district and spending her time being a media darling. Her obsession with hearing her own voice on television will bring about her downfall.
Before Michele Bachmann appeared on Hardball last week, she had a $1 million cash on hand advantage over Elwyn Tinklenberg, with about 17 days to go.
We're now nearly 2 weeks out and after raising at least $700,000 over the weekend, Tinklenberg has closed the cash on hand advantage of the incumbent Bachmann.
That's just simply incredible, but its more than the money.
With two weeks to go, people are even more energized, people are volunteering and going door to door to make the case against Bachmann.
I've seen the polls. One had Elwyn 15 points back a couple of months ago. A recent Bachmann poll had her up by 11. A recent DCCC poll has Bachmann only up by 4.
This was all before Bachmann started talking again.
Her six minutes of stupidity have erased her cash on hand advantage and will produce another surge in the polls for Tinklenberg.
Thanks Michele, we certainly won't miss you!