The Iowa Straw Poll was taken off life support on Friday after losing its battle with relevance. It was 36 years old.Rather than prompt a knock-down fight between the establishment and activist wings of the Republican Party, the poll went gently into that good night, having outlived its purpose beyond which candidate had the best food or entertainment in their tent on straw-poll day.
The Iowa Straw Poll is over after 36 years. Blame this year’s terrible candidates, Michele Bachmann’s 2011 win, and Randy Travis.
The Daily Beast exposes the damage Bachmann did to the GOP