Jason Johnson was interviewed by the Minneapolis City Pages for the article “Michelle Bachmann’s Fall From Grace” in advance of the Iowa Caucus.
Johnson noted that Bachmann’s failure to broaden her message after winning the Ames Straw Poll was a strategic mistake:
The problem was that Bachmann didn’t readjust after the straw poll to move beyond the Tea Party and target more moderate Republicans, says Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College in Ohio.
“You’re supposed to go out and say, ‘The people have spoken, I am electable. I am electable,’ and she didn’t do that,” says Johnson. “She didn’t use that to take chunks out of Mitt Romney.”
Johnson also criticized Bachmann’s poor debate performance.
“Bachmann’s biggest mistake has been her fairly poor debate performances,” says Hiram College’s Jason Johnson. “Her inability to capitalize on her success with strong debate performances really hurt her. Really, really hurt her overall. And then we’ve seen this typhoon of frontrunners appear after her over and over and over again.”