Via Breitbart TV, here’s the worst beating Perry’s taken in either debate, made doubly brutal by Bachmann’s rhetorical framing as a mother standing up for young children. And it’s actually a two-fer: Not only does she hit him on the vaccine itself, she pushes the cronyism angle by noting Merck’s lobbying. I can’t quite believe that his candidacy will be sunk by overzealousness in wanting little girls vaccinated for cancer, especially when his chief rival has major health-care liabilities of his own, but note the crowd reaction here. They’ve been on his side all night but they’re emphatically not on his side this time. Is that because he did a surprisingly poor job of parrying the attack or has he simply lost on this issue?

Incidentally, this clip is proof that Bachmann’s not ready to fade yet. It’s the first time she’s gone after Perry in earnest and she did a fine job of it. She may not win Iowa but she can hurt Perry plenty over the next few months. Romney must be ecstatic.