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Is Michele Bachmann's campaign in danger?

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(Read caption) Republican presidential candidates Rep. Michele Bachmann take part in the American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum Monday, Sept. 5, in Columbia, S.C.

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Is Michele Bachmann the next Newt Gingrich?

No, she’s not about to morph into an ex-Speaker of the House. The possible correlation here is about campaign staff, and campaign staff quitting, and their departures calling into question a presidential candidate’s viability.

As a GOP hopeful, Mr. Gingrich suffered a blow in June when his top aides quit en masse, if you remember. They made clear they did not agree with how Newt wanted to run his campaign, to the point that they even questioned how hard he was trying.

Gingrich is still in the race, but he’s just bumping along. It’s hard to get above single digits in the polls – or to raise serious money – once your former campaign manager complains about your vacation schedule.

Now it’s Ms. Bachmann’s turn to ride that particular merry-go-round. The Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign manager, Ed Rollins, and deputy campaign manager, David Polyansky, moved on to other duties over the weekend. Mr. Rollins says he’s withdrawing from day-to-day campaigning but will serve in a senior advisory role. Mr. Polyansky will be serving somebody else in some other capacity, because he’s out entirely.


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