"When you go forth to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people, and shall say to them, `Hear, O Israel, you draw near this day to battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint; do not fear, or tremble, or be in dread of them; for the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.' "
– Deuteronomy 20:1-4
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With the results just in from the Iowa straw poll, Michele Marie Bachmann has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to become the GOP candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections. The first time in history that a Republican woman has become a legitimate candidate for President!
Bachmann received 28.5% of the vote in a very crowded and highly contested 10 person race. Rick Perry who signaled his intention to run a week in advance and whose supporters were actively campaigning for him in Iowa received just 4.2% of the vote. Not even close. Romney, the supposed front runner, received just 3.3% of the vote which was worse than even Perry. Pawlenty who used smear tactics against Bachmann in an attempt to derail her campaign received only 13.6% of the vote despite being on the ballot.
Congratulations Michele! You've fought a tough campaign thus far. You've been tested on the national stage and have emerged a winner!
This proves that Bachmann's message of strong Christian moral values has broad support in middle America. No one in the mainstream press would have predicted her victory a few months ago. And even after a coordinated attack upon Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus from the press and establishment Republicans, Bachmann was still able to emerge victorious. Just imagine what the outcome in Iowa would have been if she would have received favorable press and support from her own Republican leadership.
Obviously this is just the first battle in a long campaign, but Michele has shown a toughness and resilience that match her enthusiasm and genuine belief in the need to restore America to strong fundamental Christian values.
God bless Michele Marie, and God bless America!
UPDATE [Aug 14]: Here is Michele's Iowa Straw Poll Speech. At first I thought this was a victory speech, but it's actually a speech to encourage folks to vote for her. That explains the fact that there are members in the audience who do not look like they are her supporters. My impression from shots of the crowd is that her support is strongest among women. Given that Obama did very well among women, you can see how this would be of great concern to Democrats. (Audio starts at ~00:30)