Editor's note: This piece is co-authored by Aaron Blake

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann came into Monday night’s presidential debate in the Queen City as an unknown commodity. She left it as the most talked-about candidate in the 2012 GOP field.

Bachmann stole headlines at the start by announcing that she had filed to run for president — skipping the exploratory phase entirely — and then proceeding to command the stage in the first hour of the CNN-sponsored debate with quotable answers on every questions asked of her. The crowd assembled at Saint Anselm College broke into spontaneous applause after several of Bachmann’s answers