July 19, 2011

Something's Fishy With This Story

The Daily Caller is running with a hit piece by Jonathan Strong, sensationally claiming that Michelle Bachmann suffers from debilitating migraines and that she engages in "heavy pill use."

And that's just in the headline.

I'm going to get out in front of this one and call "Bullshit."

I am one the few..we lucky few... that has been afforded the opportunity to experience cluster headaches.


They are every bit as much fun as the photo implies, and are worse than migraines (I've had those too, infrequently), and according to women who have experienced both, cluster headaches are worse than childbirth, and allegedly the worse pain a human being can experience. They get the nickname "suicide headaches" for a reason.

I say this only to establish that I know firsthand how debilitating the severest forms of headaches can be, and that leads me to strongly doubt that Bachmann could hold her present job—much less get through the frenzy of the early primaries—without having to cancel numerous appearances and interviews if her headaches were as frequent and intense as the article claims.

I'll be very interested to see how or even if she responds.

Mike Follows-Up:

Michelle Bachman has now engaged in a massive cover-up by telling what appears to be the actual truth (here): She occasionally gets migraine headaches and has prescription medication which effectively deals with them. This would seem to be the kind of media idiocy eruption that has been so common with Sarah Palin who is often accused--in hysterical terms--of saying something accurate and rational.

Migraine headaches can indeed be painful and annoying, but they are--obviously--treatable, and unlike some conditions such as epilepsy, do not prevent people from driving or even piloting aircraft. So if the government does not consider Michelle Bachman unfit to drive a car or pilot aircraft, perhaps she could be allowed to be a practicing attorney, hold public office (hasn't she already done this stuff?), or even--dare I say it?--become President of the United States? After all, a good number of Democrat politicians of the female persuasion are demonstrably bull goose loony, and Mr. Strong doesn't seem worried about them.

Of course, I could be wrong. Mr. Strong, any day, could come up with compelling evidence that various other Republican candidates have hangnails, post nasal drip, indigestion, once expectorated in front of women and children, masticate three times a day, or practice serial monogamy. You don't suppose Mr. Strong will provide the same kind of information about Democrat candidates, do you? Nah. Didn't think so. Considering what Ms. Bachman has accomplished at a relatively young age, most people might find this revelation to be evidence of strong character and determination rather than an impediment to doing what she has already proved herself capable of doing.

Bob was right: this is a fish story, but instead of being about the trophy fish that got away, this one is about the press trying to convince us they've caught a whale while displaying a minnow.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 19, 2011 09:40 AM

I came to a similar conclusion.

Posted by: Professor Hale at July 19, 2011 02:19 PM

They're gearing up to give her the "Palin treatment".

Posted by: Jake at July 19, 2011 03:53 PM


Who is "they"?

The Daily Caller?

God you people are stupid.

Posted by: jharp at July 19, 2011 04:07 PM

jharp - You seem to be an expert on stupid, you must live wiht it every day I guess, so good luck with that. Bet you voted for Obama too didn't ya??

Posted by: JD at July 19, 2011 06:31 PM

I've been lurking here for a few weeks and could not resist commenting on this one....

The MSM will soon declare that Bachmann is unfit for office because she is in her mi-50s which means one of the following is true: a.) she is premenopausal, b.) is menopausal, or c.) she is postmenopausal. All good liberals know how irrational conservative women are during a hot flash and lets not forget those hormonal tea party mood swings.

In other words, burn her, she's a witch.

Posted by: Parker at July 19, 2011 08:26 PM

Wasn't Obama's medical history one page double-spaced?

Did Brian Ross check with his doctor before vigorously chasing after Rep Bachman?

Posted by: Pinandpuller at July 19, 2011 08:58 PM

Dear jharp:

Welcome to CY and thanks for reading and commenting. But as I suspect you've already discovered, we all prefer cogent arguments and civil discourse to name-calling. By all means, please provide the former rather than the latter and return whenever you like.

Dear Parker:

Thanks for lurking! Some of my best friends lurk. Please feel free to comment whenever you're so moved.

Dear Pinandpuller:

You're correct. Senator McCain provided comprehensive and exhaustive medical records. Mr. Obama provided a single page. Like so much else about him, his past is a mystery. In fact, I'm providing a two part article on more or less that topic starting on Wednesday. Thanks for reading and your comment!

Posted by: Mike Mc at July 19, 2011 09:11 PM


I'm not overly interested in BHO's medical records or even his birth certificate. What I want to see are his transcripts from Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard.


Thank you for your hospitality.

Posted by: Parker at July 19, 2011 10:49 PM

Dear Parker:

You're quite welcome. By coincidence, I address the issue of Mr. Obama's college records in an article which will be posted on Wednesday. Sorry I can't show them to you--I suspect they may never be seen again, if they still exist, that is--but at least I can help expose the fact of their suppression.

Posted by: Mike Mc at July 20, 2011 12:19 AM