After Thursday night’s debate, there was much discussion in the media lounge about how much Perry’s performance may or may not have hurt him. A few of us agreed that it probably wasn’t a game-changer. Why? Because even in this campaign of heightened awareness and activism, the reality is that it’s still really only the hardcore political junkies who are paying close attention. So, if there are missteps to get out of the way, this is the time to do have them happen. A perfect example of that is the fact that Newt Gingrich is at ten percent in this poll and he got there with a campaign that everyone claimed was dead a couple of months ago.
Still, it’s never good news when a candidate is in a free-fall in the polls, no matter how early it is. Michele Bachmann finds herself in need of a parachute at this point, falling to just four percent in this poll.