We know Michele Bachmann has made some odd statements during her campaign. But she's also delivered some pretty flawless debate performances. That part is in thanks to her debate coach Brett O'Donnell, according to the Washington Post:
O’Donnell is more than a message man. 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 relection 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.
He is known in the industry for working with the natural abilities of his clients rather than doing what too many consultants try to do, which is to make a candidate into something he or she is not.