Can Bachmann Win The Nomination?

Jul 1 2011 @ 10:37am

Will Wilkinson expects her fade in the polls:

Having recently seen Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and Ms Bachmann in the flesh, I can say that the competence gap between Mr Romney and the two tea-party darlings is significant and not so hard to see. Mr Romney's resume is plainly better, and it shows. He speaks about policy with a level of thoughtful specificity neither Mr Cain nor Ms Bachmann can manage. It will not surprise me if Ms Bachmann is able to parlay her tea-party popularity and Iowa roots into a victory in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. But conservative voters aren't as blinkered as Mr Chait implies. As the campaign wears on, and Republican voters grow more familiar with the candidates, the advantages of experience and electability will become ever more salient.

Chait differs.