Michele Bachmann triumphed as the presidential hopeful who has narrowly won the Republican 2011 Iowa Straw Poll today.
Just how important is today's Iowa Straw Poll anyway? While Rumpelstiltskin could turn straw into gold, some naysayers discredit this straw poll's importance--no matter who is the winner. But, is that not counter-intuitive in the face of some impressive Iowa Straw Poll first facts? Namely,
Since Iowa hosts the first presidential nominating caucus in January of the presidential election year, winning in Iowa can make a lasting, positive first impression on the nation. It builds campaign momentum and boosts both the winning candidate and supporters.
So how could the Iowa Straw Poll not be important?
The straw poll is, by definition, a nonbinding indicator. It simply shows who Iowa republicans currently favor. The fairy tale character Rumplestiltskin celebrated himself in song and dance and thereby doomed himself. Similarly, banking on a win in an Iowa Straw Poll could fate a GOP presidential wannabe to ultimate presidential defeat.
This year's GOP poll had Bachmann squeaking by Ron Paul 4823 to 4671 with three other candidates racking up the following vote counts: Pawlenty 2293, Santorum 1657, and Cain 1456.
Time will tell whether Bachmann's victory will serve her well--or not.