Life, Death, and the Bachmanns
Last night in South Carolina, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann talked movingly about a miscarriage she and her husband suffered:
“After our second child was born, we became pregnant with a third baby,” Bachmann said at the town hall at Winthrop University on Wednesday night. “And it was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. And the child was coming along, and we ended up losing that child. And it was devastating for both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child.”
Bachmann said the miscarriage led to her and her husband’s decision to take in 23 foster children on top of a family that grew to include five biological children. But, she said, it also prompted them to reconsider their professional lives and goals.
“At that moment we didn’t think of ourselves as overly career minded or overly materialistic,” she said, also speaking for her husband. “When we lost that child, it changed us. And it changed us forever.”
Commentators are already guessing how the story plays in the primary horse-race. I would calm down about that. It is early still, and it is a candidate telling her story, and by doing so, reminding people that sometimes political positions do not come from polling or strategizing but real-life, painful experience and conviction. There is more than one candidate in the GOP primary who can speak to that — men, too!