Michele Bachmann's 'bitter and bizarre' home stretch to the Iowa Caucus

Two top Iowa campaign aides gone, claims of a campaign payoff, and invoking a former British Prime Minister. Michele Bachmann limps toward Tuesday's Iowa Caucus.

Michelle Bachmann lost her second Iowa campaign aide in as many days, while the presidential candidate continued a campaign to discredit the other defector for taking a payoff from the Ron Paul campaign.

Wednesday, Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson jumped ship for the Ron Paul camp, saying he stood a better chance of making a showing in Tuesday's caucuses. Bachmann insists Sorenson took a 'large sum of money' to switch, a claim Sorenson denies. On Thursday, another aide, Iowa political directo Wes Enos, quit his post after publicly contradicting Bachmann's payoff claim. The Washington Post points out it's a tumultuous sprint to the finish line that could end Bachmann's 2012 ambitions.

The candidate's insistence on sticking with the Ron Paul payoff story seems to be getting in the way of Bachmann's intended target message that she wants to be the American Iron Lady--a Margaret Thatcher for the White House.

Meanwhile, Bachmann scored another connection to British leaders when she tied with Queen Elizabeth on the USA Today/Gallop Poll of Most Admired Women.

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