Sarah Palin may have been the central figure in Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s 2008 presidential campaign chronicle Game Change. But it’s Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who gets prominent coverage in the duo’s new book Double Down about 2012. And in an excerpt posted on The Huffington Post Friday, the authors share a window into Bachmann’s psyche after a devastating Iowa Caucus defeat.
Sitting in her campaign bus, in the same seat where she cried with joy in August, she now sobbed over her drubbing. “God, I’m a loser,” Bachmann said. “God, I turn people off.” With two debates ahead in New Hampshire, some of her advisers thought she should consider staying in the race. Bachmann wanted no part of it. Let’s draft a withdrawal speech for tomorrow, she said.
Bachmann withdrew from the race the following day, telling her followers, ““Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside.”
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