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Getting Michelle Bachmann

I think I’m beginning to get Michelle Bachmann, after the whole migraine story.

The Minnesota Republican 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.

No, it’s not what you think.

It’s not that Republicans are trying to smear Bachmann, because the GOP establishment — which has always been cool to Bachmann’s ambitions — is scared that her lead in the polls means she may be their nominee.

It’s not that shoving reporters around for asking legitimate questions legitimizes a report that may not have been all that legit to begin with.

It’s not even that stomping on headsww.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/10/25/paul_supporter_stoms_woman/” title=”Rand Paul supporter stomps on woman’s head – War Room – Salon.com”>stomping on heads, handcuffing and detaining reporters, having your opponent’s supporters arrested hiring outlaw biker gangs as “security,” ejecting dissenters from events, hiring media spokespersons who advocate violence, cutting gas lines, and death threats and eliminationist rhetoric, seems to be politics as usual on the right.

It’s not even missing the opportunity to exploit her condition as an explanation for her regular bouts of nonsensical speech.

It’s not that you’ve got to expect stuff like this, if you’re determined to run for president.

If you get a question you don’t want to answer, do what Reagan did. Pretend you can’t hear it.

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