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Outsourcing of judgment
Bachmann, for her part, is portrayed both as “the definition of a micromanager” and as an isolated and controlled candidate who “outsourced” her judgment, “which is to say, her identity.” Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, a Christian psychotherapist, is described as a regular presence in the campaign, which Waldron said was “essential to show that she was ‘under authority,’ ” an important marital precept among many evangelicals.
In one passage, the Bachmanns are depicted in the bedroom of their Stillwater home wrestling with the decision of whether she should run for president. In an effort to help her seek clarity, her husband reportedly suggested that she stand in front of a full-length mirror and say, “I am president of the United States.”
That ambition went unfulfilled, Waldron writes, because of the campaign’s subsequent spiritual failings.
The resulting bitterness is revealed in a 2012 exchange of text messages purported to be between Waldron and a Bachmann aide seeking to see a draft the book. Waldron declined.
The book, finally released Monday on Amazon Kindle, ends with Waldron’s response: “Michele, here is the book.”
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