Marcus Bachmann, husband of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, was introduced to a national audience last week when ABC News ran an investigation into his Twin Cities psychology practice, which was said to be trying to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
Early in July, Politico called him a steadying influence, but a possible liability to the campaign, and he was skewered lasst week by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” where his dancing was judged to be less than manly.
Today the New York Times keeps Minnesota’s 6th District First Man in the news, with a story called “The Education of Marcus Bachmann,” which looks at his views, and conclusions in a doctoral dissertation, on the question of whether day care may be harmful to young children.
The story says:
His conclusions [in the dissertation] were not clear; he noticed changes in some individual children, and suggested that future studies focus on variables that might account for those changes. For instance, he said, future researchers might develop a way to measure the effects of the home — including sibling dynamics, single- versus two-parent homes and the “spiritual environment” — on a child’s sense of security.
“We have an obligation as a society to make high-quality day care available to all families,’’ Dr. Bachmann wrote, adding that government should pursue policies, including tax breaks, that would make it easier for parents to keep children at home.
“I personally believe that parents who can do so should delay full-time day care until into the fourth year of a child’s life,’’ he wrote. “There are no easy answers.’’