The Daily Caller is running a report that Michele Bachmann suffers from frequent severe migraines and is heavily medicated, rendering her incapacitated for days at a time. The sourcing is entirely from anonymous former aides.
I don’t know if the story is true, or even if true in some aspects, is overblown. I’ll give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt, but she needs to address the accusations promptly and herself, not through a spokesman.
It would be easy to lash out at TDC for doing the dirty work, but if it is true in substantial part, then TDC did us all a favor. Better to know about and address an issue which might affect a candidate’s capacity to be president before the candidate is the nominee.
One of the benefits of a candidate who has been subjected to scrutiny, smears, false rumors and attack over the course of years is that there will be no surprises when it is too late.
I can think of several present and possible Republican candidates who have survived the onslaught, and are stronger for it.
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Oh, so little Brain got pushed “roughly” a few times. Boo hoo! Maybe next time he’ll be more polite, instead of trying to ambush someone and then run after them like a nutcase. And if it was such a big deal, why didn’t he say anything when he was giving his report on TV?
And his goofy little comment that he has only ever got that treatment from the Mafia is beyond idiocy. Talk about melodramatic hyperbole. If the worse the Mafia do is push you a few times, then they must be getting soft. I seriously hope he was trying to be funny, rather then being serious.
As to the good professors point: sometimes the best response to an accusation or attack is no response. It shows you to be the better person. I don’t understand why conservatives demand that their candidates answer and respond to every stupid little insult and accusation the left and MSM throw their way. All that does is encourage people to make up false claims, cause they know it will get them a response and thus make it look like something that is important or credible.
Bachmann served six (or seven?) years here in the Minnesota State Senate. She was not shy and retiring – if she had been missing lots of work (or, given the rabidity of the MN far-left freakshow, if she had missed one or two votes), we would have heard about it. I never did hear any such thing.
She then went on to serve in the US House, starting in January of 2007. Again, she’s not developed a reputation as being sickly, or absent, or out-of-pocket. Given her lightning-rod status, I’m very certain we would have heard about it if she had missed lots of work.
This is a well-timed sleazoid setup. Take a fairly common controlled migraine history, throw in some crap about “drug use”, leave some mysterious blanks for which you already know the answer (but “mysterious” is better than the real answer), and you can torpedo the best of people.
I’d likely not be voting for Bachmann – Pawlenty still gets my vote – but sometime after Pawlenty’s inauguration, when things have settled down, if anyone wants to help me track down the son of a bitch who threw this sleaze out there and wreck his nice new car, let me know.
This kind of crap should NEVER be costless.
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