Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll, cruises to Republican presidential nomination
What you are about to read is true. You know it.
Scene: 24/7 cable news, yesterday, August 13, just after the Ames Straw Poll results were announced.
As you have surely heard by now, because it's more important than 9/11, the first Moon landing, and Nipplegate put together, Michele Bachmann won the contest with 4,823 votes, just ahead Ron Paul with 4,671. Pawlenty finished third with 2,293 but dropped out of the race today. Rick Santorum and Herman Cain finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney came next, though neither one campaigned actively in advance of the contest. Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman the Formidable were even further back. Thad McCotter brought up the rear.
Mainstream Beltway Media (MBM): (channelling Dick Vitale): It's over, baby! Awesome!
Dumb-Ass Regular American (DARA): What is?
MBM: The Republican nomination for president, baby! It's ooooverrrrrrr!!!
DARA: But it was just a straw poll, wasn't it? No one actually voted for anyone. The primaries don't start until... (racking the cobwebs in narcotized brain)... like... like... next year or something.
MBM: Michele Bachmann! She's for real, baby, the real deal! She's unstoppable. The people have spoken!
DARA: Well, just the people who took the time to go to Ames. They're the party fanatics, aren't they? They don't even represent Iowa Republicans, let alone Republicans nationally.
MBM: I can't believe it, baby! I can't believe it!
DARA: And Romney and Perry didn't even campaign for the straw poll. And (summoning something heard ad nauseam on CNN, or MSNBC, or Fox News, OCDically flipping through the channels with beer in hand) aren't they really the two frontrunners now, along with Bachmann? I mean, Perry just got in the race yesterday. Isn't it premature to declare a winner?
MBM: Uh-oh... uh-oh... uh-oh...
MBM: Rick Perry, baby! The titan from Texas! I believe, baby, I believe! Awesome!
DARA: (cluing in) So basically it doesn't mean anything.
MBM: Oh yes, show... time! Give it up, give it up! Slam! Woooooo!!!!! Woooooo!!!!! Awesome, baby, awesome!!!!!
DARA: (switching from beer to something harder) I wonder if The Bachelor's on.
And so we slide further into the abyss...
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