09/22/2011 10:21 am ET Updated Nov 22, 2011

Brett O'Donnell: The Man Behind Michele Bachmann

SHEFFIELD, Iowa -- Brett O'Donnell's short-sleeved plaid shirts and unassuming slouch may seem out of sync with the high-gloss vibe that radiates from Rep. Michele Bachmann these days as well as the red meat of her tea party rhetoric. Bachmann's glitzy blue bus, blaring Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, is surrounded by advance men in earpieces. Her proxy on the cable news circuit, adviser Ed Rollins, seems to detonate more bombs than he disarms with his all-too-candid assessments of Bachmann's falling fortunes.

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