Bible's 'Obey' Edict Snarls Bachmann Presidency

Who would be in charge: Michele or her hubby?
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
Bible 'Obey' Edict Raises Issue for Bachmann Presidency
The puppet master behind the candidate?   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

"The Lord says be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands," Michele Bachmann has said. So if Bachmann believes wives should always obey their husbands, who would be in charge if she becomes president? Bachmann? Or hubby Marcus? That's what the Daily Beast wants to know. "There’s nothing unusual about a conservative evangelical woman quoting the biblical admonition," writes Jill Lawrence. "But it delivers quite a jolt when that woman is trying to become the leader of the free world." Did "Nancy Reagan's astrologer dictate hubby's schedule?" asks Lawrence.

Just how far Bachmann is willing to go to obey her husband is pretty radical. Before she ran for the House, Marcus told her to get a tax law degree. "Tax law! I hate taxes—why should I go and do something like that?" she said to an audience. But "I was going to be faithful to what I felt God was calling me to do through my husband." A Democratic pollster calls the words a “code to Christian audiences” and “completely uncharted terrain” in a presidential campaign. Click here to learn more about the man who might be in charge of the Oval Office if Bachmann winds up in the White House—and here for another quote that has landed Bachmann in hot water. (More politics stories.)

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