The media's reaction to Tim Pawlenty's third place finish in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll is both mystifying and aggravating to me, because I thought receiving 13.6% of the vote when the last poll had you finishing behind then unannounced candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry at 11% was pretty good - considering the pundits deemed Perry's entry Pawlenty's death.
Apparently, not so.
Michele Bachmann winning (her hometown state) by thousands of votes less than she claimed her campaign sold to supporters is the big news; not Tim Pawlenty fighting back from behind to finish respectably in Iowa, nor even Rick Santorum coming out of nowhere to place fourth with nearly 10% of the vote.
Maybe I'm the one looking at things wrong, but I hope everyone remembers that Mike Huckabee received just over 18% at the Ames Straw Poll in 2007, and he won the Iowa Caucuses by nearly ten percent over Romney several months later.
What say you?