I’m hesitant to paste in anything directly political, but Congresswoman Bachmann is (or was) a Lutheran and from about the 15:00 mark everything is religious in nature.
To me this is an example of pure theological dumbfounding. Just listening to David Gregory ask the questions the “I can’t believe this crazy woman” or “I don’t even know where to start” or “This person scares me” vibe of them is interesting. The 18:00 – 18:40 mark is the perfect encapsulation of not understanding. Gregory doesn’t get it, and Bachmann knows it. Gregory can’t believe that anybody thinks that God helps them make decisions or “calls” them to do certain things. [Just like he can’t imagine a wife asking a husband about a career choice and then actually acting on the advice.] It horrifies him that a President might pray to come to an important decision. Bachmann sees the dumbfounding and just answers “that is my experience”; there was no way she could explain it. It is a pure conflict of worldviews. (And only Bachmann is aware of it.)
In that core encapsulation, notice Gregory’s definition or allowed playing field of religion – it can give “personal” comfort or warm fuzzies…but God or religion absolutely can’t be taken seriously by serious people in the public square. The same dumbfounding happens earlier in regards to authority. Gregory is dumbfounded that this crazy congresswoman might think that the American people might know more than Bill Gross, the Treasury Secretary and any other number of “technocratic experts”. Bachmann doesn’t accept or doesn’t accept the narrow and limited view of authority that Gregory operates with. God, small business owners, regular people, representative government – all of it is just crazy talk. And it leaves him dumbfounded. (Here is my private bet, the more Bachmann gets interviews like this, the higher her numbers will go and the more dumbfounded the Gregorys of the world will get.)