The Washington Post has a story about Michele Bachmann’s debate coach, Brett O’Donnell, who is described as the “candidate whisperer.”
He may be the most potent force on Bachmann’s presidential campaign, the story says. And he’s called her closest aide.
Best known as the championship-winning debate coach at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., he jumped into politics in 2004, when he helped prepare former president George W. Bush for his reelection debates. He played an even more central role in debate prep for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008.
For Bachmann, O’Donnell has become an inner-circle everyman. He writes speeches, offers coaching, even helps with travel logistics. He is always by Bachmann’s side. She trusts him, in part because of their shared evangelical roots; and he revels in the raw political talent that she brings to the campaign.
The reporter was with O’Donnell as they watched the candidate tour a meat-packing plant in Des Moines this week. She called the new Obama jobs plan the “son of stimulus.” O’Donnell nodded approvingly at the line, but when asked if he came up with it,
O’Donnell smiled for a moment and gently said, “Sssshh, listen,” while pointing back to Bachmann, the real star of the show.