The expectations game helps Bachmann, hurts Cain

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Have you seen the new hyped film of the summer, Super 8? The J.J. Abrams directed, Steven Spielberg produced Hollywood confection that has some folks - like Time magazine film critic Richard Corliss exclaiming that it's "the year's most thrilling and feeling mainstream movie."

Couple that with a friend's tweet over the weekend that not only was this the pic of the summer, but perhaps of the year, and well, you're setting up some mighty big expectations.

Alas, CL readers, after my viewing of the film I can only say of J.J. Abrams, you're no Steven Spielberg.

Which leads us to the cases of Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain, two Tea Party aligned Republicans who are trending in opposite directions after Monday night's GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire.