Well, according to the ever-yellow journalists in our media, the antic Michele Bachmann (that's one "l" in the first name and two "n"s in the last name) from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District might just as well take a quick trip to DC and measure the White House family quarters for drapes. She "won" the Iowa "Poll."
BUT as this article reminds us, "...the 'straw poll' is not a poll at all—and it's certainly not scientific."
It's an all-day fundraiser at Iowa State University for Republicans on August 13, and any Iowa resident or student of any political affiliation or party with the price of a ticket ($30) can get inside the circus tent and vote for the candidate of their choice. Bachmann can't claim to be the choice of rank-and-file Iowans if they allowed Democrats and anyone else to vote and muddy the picture.
Just between us, I don't know what happened to T-Paw--his pals can rent buses and zip down highway 35-W to Ames just as easily as Bachmann's backers can, if not with votes, then with money to buy more tickets for those who can vote, but I'm pretty glad he's out of the picture. He might think he would have made a great president, but we NEED public schools and Medicare & Medicaid and all the other things that have made us (until recently) competitive.