Michele Bachmann's bouncers are getting weirdly rough with the press

The campaign makes no apologies for its physically aggressive approach to media management, asserting that it is simply doing what it has to do to protect a popular, controversial candidate. The most aggressive aide — a tall, silver-haired man according to reporters — a spokeswoman said, is a former Secret Service agent who has guarded presidents. He and an advance woman frequently make physical contact with reporters…

The difference was sharply visible over the past week at the Iowa State Fair. Palin wandered the fairgrounds freely with her husband, an advance man, and, at a remove, a handful of Iowa State Police. Rick Perry was guarded by watchful Texas Rangers who gave the press and fair-goers broad latitude to talk and walk next to the governor. Bachmann, in contrast, raced through the fair in a golf cart; in a similar cart in Ames on Saturday, her bodyguard could be seen pushing away the hands of autograph-seeking supporters…

On the CNN set, the silver-haired bodyguard asked Flaten, “Are you a blogger?” he said. Flaten responded that he wasn’t.

Then the guard, he said, walked away, came back and gestured toward another man: “This guy will break your arm if you take one step closer,” Flaten recalled the silver-haired guard saying.