Bachmann “incapacitated” by migraines?

posted at 10:55 am on July 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong drops a bombshell on the Michele Bachmann campaign today with a report that migraines incapacitate the presidential hopeful on a regular basis.  The headline also alleges “heavy pill use,” a loaded phrase that insinuates some sort of addiction — an insinuation that the story fails to support.  An unknown number of unnamed sources form the basis of this 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.

“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.”

What are the examples of Bachmann being “incapacitated” by her migraines?  Strong only offers one — a missed campaign appearance for then-Rep. Roy Blunt in his ultimately successful Senate campaign.  She was treated at a hospital and went home the same day.  The only other incidents cited by Strong’s report came two months earlier, an episode that caused her to miss … er … no appearances, although she did visit an urgent-care center, and another event in October of last year, in which she laid down for a while and went to urgent care for treatment later.

The “heavy use of pills” would be familiar to anyone who deals with migraines, but Strong’s description sounds more like someone who actively manages their medical condition rather than being the second coming of Neely O’Hara from Valley of the Dolls:

Of particular concern to some around her is the significant amount of medication Bachmann takes to address her condition.

The former aide says Bachmann’s congressional staff is “constantly” in contact with her doctors to tweak the types and amounts of medicine she is taking. Marcus Bachmann helps her manage the episodes.

Her husband helps his wife manage her medical issues — and that’s a surprise?  Migraines require the kind of review described in this passage, because the conditions shift and medications don’t always provide consistent relief.  Shouldn’t someone who has migraines be in contact with her physicians to ensure that medication works as it should and that the condition doesn’t incapacitate the sufferer?  And wouldn’t it be more strange if Marcus didn’t take a supporting role in that effort?

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.

The sourcing on this story doesn’t instill much confidence, either.  Strong’s cites are:

  • a former aide says.
  • three people who have worked closely with Bachmann
  • an adviser to Bachmann who was involved in her 2010 congressional campaign.
  • The former aide says …
  • the adviser says.

Strong writes that “TheDC agreed to provide the sources anonymity because they were providing information only a select group of people could know, at great professional risk.”  I’m not an idealist that says that anonymous sources should never be used, but in this story, anonymity is extremely curious.  It doesn’t protect whistleblowers calling attention to corruption or wrongdoing; it’s protecting people who didn’t like working for Bachmann.  If the former Bachmann aides fear for the Republic, why aren’t they openly speaking out?  The “great professional risk” appears to be that politicians won’t hire people who are disloyal and stab people in the back, anonymously or not.

Update: Race 4 2012 has more on Bachmann’s voting record, which also shows no evidence of incapacitation.

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Hit piece and probable total horse hockey. Bring out the sources.

She should sue them.

dogsoldier on July 19, 2011 at 10:56 AM

You know the MSM, especially the lunatic lineup at MSNBC, is going to be ALL OVER this one faster than you can say ALEVE!

pilamaye on July 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

hearing democrats talk gives me a headache.

Michelle, Your not alone.

camtheman7 on July 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Toast

Viator on July 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The headline also alleges “heavy pill use,” a loaded phrase that insinuates some sort of addiction — an insinuation that the story fails to support.

Is that because the source is possibly connected to Romney?

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

If it’s false, come out today and say its false.

If it’s true, come out today and be up front about the extent of these things. And don’t hold back… I guarantee you there is a paper trail.

JohnGalt23 on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Shame on you Sucker Carlson!

We have a sociopath running the country and this rag feels the need to hit Bachmann for headaches?

katy on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I interviewed a former Daily Caller staffer the other day that showed me documents pertaining to Jonathan Strong’s past history of child pornography. Apparently the court files are still sealed.

reddevil on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

WOW this is pretty dirty

gophergirl on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Inevitable. Next week some “former” advisor will recall the human sacrifices they regularly performed as well.

Yawn…

Tim Zank on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I thought TDC was supposed to be a Conservative Blog? At least Treacher is.

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

palinized!

cmsinaz on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Her response to this should be short:

“If you worked in Washington as a conservative trying to cut the size of the federal government, you would have migraines on a regular basis too.”

RedSoxNation on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Headaches and she can’t get along with staff, I see they are pulling out all the “lady” problems. I guess that’s equal to getting the vapors.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I’ve heard that overseas child laborers make Tucker’s bow ties.

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

This is telling…they can’t get the public to believe she’s a nut, so now they are trying to get the public to believe she’s a wimp.

Bachmann’s no wimp. BUT, will she lay down and die the way W did, or will she stand up for herself? And send her spokespersons out to her defense?

I haven’t decided who I’m going to support, but I LOVE Bachmann, I hope she fights back this and all the other smears that they are going to keep throwing at her just to see what they can get to stick.

JustTruth101 on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Migraines can be debilitating. Just ask Percy Harvin, WR for the Minnesota Vikings.

Who knows how accurate this story is? It could be a mountain out of a mole hill.

That said, if she really does have frequent, debilitating migraines, that, to me, is a problem for a President. In any other job, I could live with it. But the leader of the free world needs to be available to make decisions at a moment’s notice.

hawksruleva on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

We already knew about this story, Ed….because some of the uber-Palin supporters were gleefully pushing it on last night’s QOTD.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

women are prone to headaches – men don’t get headaches…it’s pathetic.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I thought TDC was supposed to be a Conservative Blog? At least Treacher is.

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

No, it’s an establishment Republican blog. They can’t even spell conservative.

NoNails on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Obama released a 1 page letter from his doctor rather than his medical records.

Apparently, medical history is not important to American voters.

MayBee on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Michele Bachmann is not fit to be President and it has NOTHING to do with headaches.

stenwin77 on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

I admit I find this story borderline sexist.

MayBee on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Bachmann is a nice lady who is never going to be elected president, ever.

What she needs to do now is go work for a someone who has a serious chance at Job One, getting Obama out of office.

If the best the GOP can do is to nominate Michele Bachman, then I simply give up.

Byron on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

This is telling…they can’t get the public to believe she’s a nut, so now they are trying to get the public to believe she’s a wimp.

JustTruth101 on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

That could easily backfire in this case. Lots of people are familiar with migraines. The fact that she’s able function at a high level despite them could make her seem even more tough and determined.

hawksruleva on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

The nation would be better off if the President were incapacitated six out of seven days every week, and if the Congress were only able to function three days a year.

Haiku Guy on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Hopefully she already went through the ‘change’-otherwise that will probably be brought up too.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

This seems to be a factual matter that can be determined true or false. If false, no problem but there should be extremely harsh ramifications for the lying conspirators. If true, this rules her out for the good of the country.

Mason on July 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Anonymous sources tell me that Jonathan Strong has a thing for 10 year-old boys. What’s that? Who are my sources? Well, they requested anonymity for their own safety and privacy. Oh, and no I won’t be providing any evidence backing the allegations. The onus is on Strong to prove this is false.

Doughboy on July 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

We already knew about this story, Ed….because some of the uber-Palin supporters were gleefully pushing it on last night’s QOTD.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

And they determine that dependency on medical treatment to get through the day rules out one’s ability to be president. Like a tanning bed to combat depression.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

women are prone to headaches –…

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I’ve got a headache-but I love him anyway.
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Headaches and she can’t get along with staff, I see they are pulling out all the “lady” problems. I guess that’s equal to getting the vapors.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

My hubby wondered aloud if they would go after Bachmann for “lady” issues. I tore his head off and ate it like a female praying mantis. Wiped my mouth and demurely answered, no. They wouldn’t dare. But, they did…

Fallon on July 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Is that because the source is possibly connected to Romney?

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

B-I-N-G-O, and Romney was his Name-O.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

The sourcing on this story doesn’t instill much confidence, either. Strong’s cites are:

•a former aide says.

•three people who have worked closely with Bachmann

•an adviser to Bachmann who was involved in her 2010 congressional campaign.

•The former aide says …

•the adviser says.

So now you’re saying that the liberal media’s imaginary friends are all a bunch of liars, eh?

Well, good luck proving that.

logis on July 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Liberals can’t address the issues so there will be an endless stream of this.

Hening on July 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

She’s so incapacitated by them, it took anonymous whistleblowers to draw attention to it…

And having gone through the process with one of my kids, I know finding the best combinations of medications takes a long time and is really a never-ending process (he changed as he grew/matured, new meds become available…).

Assuming her struggles with migraines are true, I’d say:
1) She’s doing a great job controlling them.
2) Overcoming a physical handicap like that and nobody noticing shows what she’s really made of.
3) It hasn’t had a negative impact on her performance to date, so probably won’t in the future.

taznar on July 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I saw this story and was disappointed. I agree with your analysis in that it does not put Ms. Bachman in a very good light. I wonder what would happen to a candidate that was a chain smoker and college dopehead…probably wouldn’t have a chance, right/?

ted c on July 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Disgusting article. Geez!!!!!!!!!

Oink on July 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM

But the leader of the free world needs to be available to make decisions at a moment’s notice.

hawksruleva on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

When did the topic shift from Michele Bachmann to BHO?

GrannyDee on July 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM

The Atlantic details the long list of presidents with much more debilitating ailments than migraines: http://t.co/hPuDhRR Now, why would this leftist publication support Bachmann? /s

debg on July 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM

This is proof Michelle Bachmann is not qualified and should exit the race immediately because we live in a much too fast political environment and cannot have someone incapacitated as President for several days at a time.

Sincerely,
Many Palin supporters.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

If she does have Migraines – they are totally debilitating,

jake-the-goose on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I didn’t see the word “migraine” anywhere in the Constitution.

It must be in the section that deals with medical qualifications for elected officials. I don’t have that section.

BobMbx on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I admit I find this story borderline sexist.

MayBee on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

So if she has frequent migraines it shouldn’t be reported? I see what you’re saying, but don’t we also need to know if Bachmann has health problems?

Of course, in this story, it seems like people were willing to provide dirt, but not willing to be named. That does seem a bit like what happened to Palin.

hawksruleva on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Electing a weak candidate didn’t stop the U.S. in ’08.

geckomon on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

We already knew about this story, Ed….because some of the uber-Palin supporters were gleefully pushing it on last night’s QOTD.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Thats not right Annoylittletwerp. I was hesitant because of the unnamed sources (like they do to Palin). I only gave it a small degree of credibility because it wasn’t reported on Huffpo or DailyKooks. It was from a conservative site.

I claimed that IF true, (Big if) it is not a good thing for a President to be incapacitated for days at a time. If Palin was having the same problem, I would be just as worried for her ability to be commander & chief.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

The Daily Caller is a “rag.”

Y-not on July 19, 2011 at 11:11 AM

karl rove.

sesquipedalian on July 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Oh yeah. That really contributes to reasonable discourse.

NoNails on July 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Has Bachmann missed more than the typical number of votes in Congress?

Is there any evidence this supposed health problem is a problem?

Y-not on July 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

good grief. she raised her own many children then 23 foster children. she is tough.

kelley in virginia on July 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

She seems sharp and focused, if you ask me. Pretty much the opposite of incapacitated. Maybe it’s part of this new business to redefine everything 180 degrees. Traditionalists are “flakes”, homosexual wedding cheerleaders are the new gravitas.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I claimed that IF true, (Big if) it is not a good thing for a President to be incapacitated for days at a time. If Palin was having the same problem, I would be just as worried for her ability to be commander & chief.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

This is a fact not in evidence.

BobMbx on July 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM

It appears as if the GOP Elite want her out of the race. If that wasn’t the case, there would have been a credible source.

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I didn’t see the word “migraine” anywhere in the Constitution.

It must be in the section that deals with medical qualifications for elected officials. I don’t have that section.

BobMbx on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

The Constitution does not select our presidents, we do. And as a political matter a president regularly incapacitated by a medical problem is an issue. The Commander-in-Chief can not be laid up in bed not able to respond to pressing national security issues.

But I am not buying this story at this point. Bachmann’s campaigning history just does not support the contentions made here.

NotCoach on July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Just a question for you Knuck.

If it were reported today that Obama or Biden were to have stress related migraines that require hospitalization or days of incapacitation, would you be concerned?

Would you question their ability to function at the executive level of our country, which is probably a very stressful job?

Yes Or No?

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

There you go again with the Palin posts when there is absolutely no mention of her in this story. None. Didn’t you get hammered pretty hard for doing that just a few days ago? Come on, people are tired of posts constantly being turned into something about Palin. This post is about BACHMANN and you’ve just given ME a headache.

scalleywag on July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

occur once a week on average and can “incapacitate” her for days at time.

…and once again, lefties just can’t really grasp math.

reaganaut on July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

If true then trouble. You can not have a President prone to being incapacitated.

She can settle this now, one way or the other.

MNHawk on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I admit I find this story borderline sexist.

MayBee on July 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Will we hear about her debilitating hot flashes next and that she sweats like a hog when she has one? Or better yet she’s cranky when she’s PMS’ing and can’t be trusted?

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

SP’s around 46. She’s at a ripe age to begin menopause….and menopause can be debilitating. I’m going through it early-and those hot flashes and night sweets can be a bit**.
If there’s even a chance that she might go go through it while president it obviously points to her fitness to hold the office.///
Hey-any ‘female’ thing that can be used on MB can also be used on SP-and every other female candidate.
It’s wrong-but see how it works.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

The media shows far less interest in Obama’s medical history than that of a candidate for the GOP nomination.

Shouldn’t be surprised anymore. But still, this sickens me to the core. And I’m not even a big Bachmann supporter.

BardMan on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

This is proof Michelle Bachmann is not qualified and should exit the race immediately because we live in a much too fast political environment and cannot have someone incapacitated as President for several days at a time.

Sinc [but not all] Palin supporters.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

FIFY, Knuck. Personally I think this is all tempest-in-a-tea-pot baloney. As I am capable of thinking for myself and evaluating the merits of this story, which happen to be sadly lacking, it hasn’t changed my opinion of Michele Bachmann (not my number one choice, but definitely under consideration for those of you not paying attention).

gryphon202 on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

If true then trouble. You can not have a President prone to being incapacitated.

She can settle this now, one way or the other.

Just check her voting record. Does she miss a lot of votes?

Y-not on July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

“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.”

The medical term for this kind of behavior is…”treating your migraine headaches.”

What next? Perry has a peanut allergy and carries around NEEDLES to inject EPINEPHRINE if he eats one?

What a crap article. From KOS et al, I’d expect it, but I’m very disappointed in the Daily Caller.

DrAllecon on July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

She’s constantly campaigning lately.

I see no signs of long term incapacitation.

blatantblue on July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I claimed that IF true, (Big if) it is not a good thing for a President to be incapacitated for days at a time. If Palin was having the same problem, I would be just as worried for her ability to be commander & chief.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

We’ve had a president that was paralyzed below the waist, confined to a wheelchair.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Don’t Palinize me, bro.

Christian Conservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Geez, it seems nowadays anyone with a laptop can write an article alleging all kinds of unflattering qualities or behavior of a candidate and quote all kinds of “anonymous” sources and get published and the target is left to prove the allegations false. I didn’t go to journalism school but I doubt that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

scalleywag on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

BTW, as I pointed out at ace this morning, the media has absolutely no concerns about Gabby Giffords’ ability to perform her job or even about her running for higher office.

Just sayin’.

Y-not on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I’ve heard that overseas child laborers make Tucker’s bow ties.

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

And he’s proud of it, too.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

But for the fact she is running for president it should be also be noted that she’s “out of touch” at least 6 hours each day when she sleeps and, for shorter, random times throughout the day, when she visit the ladies powder room.
.
.
.

Since they’ve been such miserable failures, the Democrats (and their media minions) are going to be particularly dirty, nasty, mean, and evil this time around.

Rod on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Actually, I was referring to idesign-not you.
You’re a thoughtful commenter-even if we tend to disagree.
idesign was absolutely giddy.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Headaches and she can’t get along with staff, I see they are pulling out all the “lady” problems. I guess that’s equal to getting the vapors.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

It’s obvious that you’ve never had migraines, they are certainly more than just “headaches”, and yes they can be incapacitating.
Having had them on/off thruout my life, I can tell you that there are no “meds” that can take care of them. Some meds try to prevent the intensity if you take it early enough, some “pain meds” help…if you can keep them down, and afterwards all you want to do is collapse.
I certainly feel MB’s pain, but it seems like she gets them rather frequently, and hasn’t been able to cope with them.
All I can say that if stress triggers these….she is certainly looking for the wrong job.

tencole on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

This is a fact not in evidence.

BobMbx on July 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I can only go from what this article supposedly alleges.

“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.”

That says incapacitated to me.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

And Obama is a smoker, and I’m guessing, drinks like a fish.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

See, this PROVES that if only we find the right candidate, the media will start being fair to us!

Aitch748 on July 19, 2011 at 11:19 AM

We’ve had a president that was paralyzed below the waist, confined to a wheelchair.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

We currently have one paralyzed from the neck up, confined to a golf course.

DrAllecon on July 19, 2011 at 11:19 AM

…Obama is a towering intellectual.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Our president is constantly golfing, or staying above the disputative fray.

Even if MB is leveled for a day, she’s still going to put more time and effort into her presidency than Obama would ever attempt to.

blatantblue on July 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

If it’s true, it’s true. If it’s not, it’s not. Bachmann will probably have to address this at some point, but knowing the Daily Caller’s track record, I’m not putting much credence in this story.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Welcome to Alinsky land…

Viator on July 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

idesign was absolutely giddy.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

That’s not very nice to be giddy over a story like this.

After all the crap we Palinistas have seen Palin put through, we should be more thoughtful to others candidates like Bachmann who will get the Palin Treatment.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

She’s being Borked, Palined and Thomased. Did we expect anything less from the Dems and the GOP!

flytier on July 19, 2011 at 11:22 AM

She’s being Borked, Palined and Thomased. Did we expect anything less from the Dems and the GOP!

flytier on July 19, 2011 at 11:22 AM

But I thought Palin was the only one who would get smeared!////

gryphon202 on July 19, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Good thing Obama has a clean medical record and doesn’t take any pills.

Oh wait, we really don’t have any idea about that, do we?

And Pelosi, she definitely doesn’t take any pills, I can tell by that blank look in her eyes.

forest on July 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I suppose we’ll find out soon if it’s true or not.

DarkCurrent on July 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM

That says incapacitated to me.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Anonymous sources report that President Obama, Sen. Reid, and Rep. Pelosi are addicted to heroin and have been using their positions of power to facilitate that addiction.

There ya go. Some more facts to ponder.

BobMbx on July 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM

We’ve had a president that was paralyzed below the waist, confined to a wheelchair.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

And? A president confined to a wheelchair is still alert and able to issue orders.

Again, I don’t buy this story, but any candidate who is truly incapacitated by some chronic medical problem is not someone I could vote for. Not in the primaries anyways.

But of course the type of incapacitation also matters. If someone is regularly forced to stay off their feet because of some foot problems that is not a disqualifier. Bad feet do not prevent executives from performing.

NotCoach on July 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM

If it were reported today that Obama or Biden were to have stress related migraines that require hospitalization or days of incapacitation, would you be concerned?

?

Yes Or No?

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I can’t answer that question because neither you nor I have seen Biden’s, Obama’s nor Michelle Bachmann’s medical records and I’m not a doctor.

Obama has only released a one page document as his “medical record” so we have no idea what medical conditions he suffers from.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The current POTUS is known to disappear for days while under stress, delegating authority to others and throwing tantrums when confronted. What is a headache compared to that?

Bishop on July 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

What a crap article. From KOS et al, I’d expect it, but I’m very disappointed in the Daily Caller.

DrAllecon on July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

The left has the problem of appearing to curious about a Republican candidate when they’ve shown no curiosity towards Obama, so they’ll instruct their fake conservative outfits do the job.

We already know ten times more about Bachmann than we know about Barack Barry Hussein Obama Soetoro Jr.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

We’ve had a president that was paralyzed below the waist, confined to a wheelchair.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Yes we have. However If he was incapacitated from the Neck up for days at a time, we’d have a big Problem.

Besides, This story wreaks of Inner party dirty tactics by skilled mud slingers. I think there are bits of truth like she has headaches and medication, but the alot of it reads like over dramatic fluff.

portlandon on July 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Is that because the source is possibly connected to Romney?

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

An interesting question. Any way to find out for sure? If true, he deserves vilification. If not, vindication.

SKYFOX on July 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM

As a migraineur myself, I totally understand popping meds like candy. A few years back, I lived on Imitrex and painkillers. And then they messed up my stomach so much, my ulcer came back. Which ensured I could eat nothing but crackers and water. Which in turn cleared up the headaches and caused me to look in my diet for my trigger.

Sekhmet on July 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM

A president confined to a wheelchair is still alert and able to issue orders.

NotCoach on July 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM

So is a person with a migraine. Good lord, you’re comparing confinement to a wheelchair decades ago in a non-handicapped-ready world, to a modern president surrounded by advanced technology in communications. Who do you think had the bigger hindrance?

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM

You can not have a President prone to being incapacitated.

I present to you John F Kennedy.

MayBee on July 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM

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