Today, Iowa is (kind of) important. At the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Republican presidential hopefuls are jockeying for a momentum boost in the Ames Straw Poll, which is an early test of organizational mettle going into the Iowa caucuses in the winter. It's an opportunity for candidates to get heckled, eat fried food, and laugh at Ron Paul. This year, the top three candidates are likely to be Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Tim Pawlenty, but yesterday, only one candidate displayed the guts to swallow the competition.

Michele Bachmann shows us what she's made of, via Toby Harnden at the Telegraph

Toby Harnden of the Telegraph snapped this photo of Bachmann eating a "foot-long corn dog—a chicken and beef sausage in deep fried batter." After an application of mustard (no ketchup? seems socialist to us) "she chomped into it with gusto." Perhaps Tina Brown and Newsweek should have waited another week for a photo more befitting of Bachmann's "intensity," because this is the face of someone who has peered into the chasm of the Oracle at Delphi and is brimming with visions (delirious, meaty visions) of America's bright future.

Stay tuned for Bachmann's new campaign slogan: "Slap Some French's On The Deficit, And I Will Make It Disappear." Your move, Palin.