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    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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    The DC has always had a foot in tabloid journalism. This is a hit piece probably pushed by the Romney camp. Then again, the DC is establishment, so they probably didn’t even need Romney’s prodding. Disgusting.

    […] this afternoon, William Jacobson wrote something that I agreed with: I don’t know if the story is true, or even if true in some aspects, is […]

    Chicklet | July 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Anyone surprised? Aren’t there other candidates incapacitated by bunions or skin rashes? Migraines are (in this day and age) easily treated and rarely incapacitating to the folks living with this condition. Medications are quite effective and neither addictive nor with significant side effects.

    I’m sure we will hear about how each and every candidate has serious health problems while a certain democrat will be pronounced fit as a fiddle (after exhaustive examination of released medical records, and maybe college transcripts as well). Sure!

    WarEagle82 | July 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    What about FDR? JFK? Lincoln? They all had major health issues. And some anonymous source claims Bachmann has headaches and we are supposed to proclaim her unfit?

    I gotta wonder what is going on at TDC…

    john.frank | July 20, 2011 at 1:57 am

    She has responded. She acknowledged that she does suffer from migraines, she takes medication to treat them, and she said that this medical condition would not prevent her carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Presidency if she were elected to hold that office.

    However, the media has decided that there is a story here which needs “investigation,” which is not a surprise.

    Brian Ross was in South Carolina today. He tried to ask Representative Bachmann some questions about her medical condition. According to reports what ensued was not pretty.

    ABC News reporter accosted by Bachmann bodyguards

    Brian Ross Received ‘Mafia’-Style Bruising From Bachmann Staff

    Ross in is his news report on ABC News did not play up that angle of the story, just saying that Bachmann’s security staff “blocked reporters when they tried to follow her and answer further questions.”

    So, anticipate more questions and more stories about this issue.

    Who pushed the story? Likely Romney’s people, to remind her of her role and who is the boss.

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