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Oh My, Graine [Updated Below]

19 July 2011 @ 13:52

From The Daily Caller, Jonathan Strong reporting, we learn:

[Michele Bachmann] frequently suffers from stress-induced medical episodes that she has characterized as severe headaches. These episodes, say witnesses, occur once a week on average and can “incapacitate” her for days at time. On at least three occasions, Bachmann has landed in the hospital as a result.“She has terrible migraine headaches. And they put her out of commission for a day or more at a time. They come out of nowhere, and they’re unpredictable,” says an adviser to Bachmann who was involved in her 2010 congressional campaign. “They level her. They put her down. It’s actually sad. It’s very painful.”

Bachmann’s medical condition wouldn’t merit public attention, but for the fact she is running for president. Some close to Bachmann fear she won’t be equal to the stress of the campaign, much less the presidency itself.

“When she gets ‘em, frankly, she can’t function at all. It’s not like a little thing with a couple Advils. It’s bad,” the adviser says. “The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills. Prevention pills. Pills during the migraine. Pills after the migraine, to keep them under control. She has to take these pills wherever she goes.”

To staff, Bachmann has implausibly blamed the headaches on uncomfortable high-heel shoes, but those who have worked closely with her cite stress, a busy schedule and anything going badly for Bachmann as causes.

Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Bachmann, said ”she suffers from migraines and they’re under control with medicine.” Stewart contested descriptions of the episodes as “incapacitating” Bachmann but did not specify how the descriptions were wrong. “The information you have is incorrect,” Stewart said. She declined to discuss Bachmann’s hospital visits at all, saying, “I’m not going to go into her medical history.”

Not good, not good at all, if the truth is as Mr. Strong and his sources describe it.

Stacy McCain reports on this story here and what he knew and when he knew it. I admire his conduct in this matter.

The Memeorandum thread.

UPDATE at 2031…

-The Lonely Conservative thinks this whole controversy is ridiculous.

-If Tucker Carlson doesn’t suffer from migraines now, he will after reading Dan Riehl’s slap upside the head with his trusty verbal 2×4.

-Ed Morrissey rises to her defense and is quite convincing.  A highlight [his Memeorandum thread is here]:

Bachmann doesn’t have a reputation for being a political wallflower. She has tirelessly traveled to Tea Party events, appears constantly on talking-head political news shows, and is perhaps the most prodigious fundraiser in the House. Bachmann didn’t do all of that by being incapacitated. I’ve known Bachmann for several years, and I’m only aware of her missing one event (the Blunt appearance) in all of that time. If her migraines were anywhere near as incapacitating as Strong’s piece suggests, we would have known about it a year ago or more.

-Earlier 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 overblown. I’ll give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt, but she needs to address the accusations promptly and herself, not through a spokesman.

And she did…

-Jim Hoft quotes from a statement Mrs. Bachmann issued at her campaign website later on:

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement in response to reports of her experiencing migraines:

“Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I experience migraines that are easily controlled with medication. I am a wife, a mother, a lawyer who worked her way through law school, a former state senator who achieved the repeal of a harmful piece of education policy in Minnesota, and a congresswoman who has worked tirelessly fighting against the expansion of government and wasteful spending.

“Since entering the campaign, I have maintained a full schedule between my duties as a congresswoman and as a presidential candidate traveling across the nation to meet with voters in the key, early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. I have prescription medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control. Let me be abundantly clear – my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as Commander in Chief.

“The many questions I have received on this subject have allowed me to discuss this important condition that impacts individuals in nearly one in four households. However, as a presidential candidate and office holder, I am focused on performing my job, which has never been more important given the state of our economy and the millions of Americans that are out of work. While I appreciate the concern for me and my health, the greater concern should be the debate that is occurring in Washington over whether or not we will increase our debt, spending and taxes.”

Well put.

UPDATE at 2327…

Stacy McCain’s subhead says it all:

Doug Ross of ABC News gets roughed up by Michele Bachmann’s security

Whatever success Mrs. Bachmann and her campaign achieved in defusing this issue has been lost by this incident, methinks.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

7 Comments
  1. 19 July 2011 @ 15:00 15:00

    Per Dan Riehl, either we or The Hill are getting played.

    Migraines are a serious business, but what is more serious is, why are there no GOP staffers who aren’t backstabbing crapweasels?

  2. 19 July 2011 @ 19:03 19:03

    They come out of nowhere, and they’re unpredictable,” says an adviser to Bachmann who was involved in her 2010 congressional campaign. “They level her. They put her down. It’s actually sad. It’s very painful.”

    Sure, very sad. Its tough to have to admit this.

    Some close to Bachmann…

    Yeah? Who?

    …fear she won’t be equal to the stress of the campaign, much less the presidency itself.

    “The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills. Prevention pills. Pills during the migraine. Pills after the migraine, to keep them under control. She has to take these pills wherever she goes.”

    Yeah, and people with asthma often take pills to prevent flair-ups and carry so called rescue inhalers (what President Obama referred to as breathalyzers, if you will). That would be termed managing the illness. Same with diabetes, same with hypertension. Next we’ll be hearing that her eyesight is poor.

    To staff, Bachmann has implausibly blamed the headaches on uncomfortable high-heel shoes, but those who have worked closely with her cite stress, a busy schedule and anything going badly for Bachmann as causes.

    Typical, blaming it on the high heels. Yeah, I heard she used to be pretty tough to take at times, and it might go on for days. Of course, those were more regular… something to do with the lunar cycle.

    Look, above we have one unnamed staffer claiming these attacks were unpredictable and came out of nowhere, and now we have another unnamed staffer claiming that whenever something would go against her she had to retreat to a darkened room. Sounds both contradictory and overblown. Are migraine headaches an unsolvable medical riddle? Does a history of migraines rule you out to run for office? No, and again no.

    Has she not been under fairly close media scrutiny for the past ten months? Where are all the sudden disappearances, the broken commitments for speaking engagements, the mysterious absences?

    Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Bachmann, said ”she suffers from migraines and they’re under control with medicine.”

    Next question.

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    19 July 2011 @ 21:14 21:14

    Well, Thomas Jefferson suffered from migraines, but people just attacked him for other reasons.

  4. Adobe Walls permalink
    19 July 2011 @ 23:40 23:40

    I wonder how many pills aday JFK took for his back.

    As for roughing up a reporter dumber things have been done.

  5. 21 July 2011 @ 00:52 00:52

    They come out of nowhere, and they’re unpredictable,” says an adviser to Bachmann who was involved in her 2010 congressional campaign.

    What an apt description of Andrew Sullivan’s herpes.

    Sorry… couldn’t resist.

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