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Michele Bachmannís Headaches: Real Issue or Not?

Original post made by Cindy Cross on Jul 21, 2011

Michele Bachmann's Headaches: Real Issue or Not? By Cindy Cross
Should Michele Bachmann's issue of suffering from migraine headaches impact her bid for president?
Herman Kane, fellow GOP presidential hopeful thinks her migraines are a non-issue, "If she's showing up for her events, and she's doing what she needs to do as a United States congresswoman, people shouldn't worry about her migraines," Cain told The Associated Press after a fundraiser in New Hampshire. "My wife has migraine headaches. I understand migraines. So I just think it's a non-issue."
The media has recently been condescending, hinting that Bachmann might become incapacitated during a critical time if she were to be elected.
In a recent interview, Bachmann admitted that her headaches, in their most severe form, have forced her to a hospital emergency room for treatment.
Bachmann has made it clear that her headaches have not interfered with her duties as a member of Congress; they won't interfere as president either.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, suggested this week that the issue with her headaches is a legitimate concern. "If you're going to be president of the United States you've got to be able to do the job every day, all the time. There's no real time off in that job," he said.
Are the other GOP contenders just trying to rain on Bachmann's parade? Polls show Bachmann and Mitt Romney neck and neck as first place favorites.
Karl Rove, former adviser of George Bush made a suggestion for Bachmann, "If you're going to be president of the United States you've got to be able to do the job every day, all the time. There's no real time off in that job," he said. He went on to suggest that she release her medical records to the press to help dissipate any concerns from potential voters.
Migraines afflict over 28 million Americans, I think it may work to her advantage—she's got ailments just like the rest of us.
Is the media being too critical, or is this really an issue?

Comments (22)

Posted by Repub votes no michelle, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

There is already a thread going on this. Cindy, if you want something in your name, the Michelle that hasn't be fully covered on this site is Michelle Obama and her husband's campaign activities.
...and since their campaign headlines can't be called 'campaigns' in print any longer, so as to not be confused with presidential duties
Didn't you think it newsworthy that Barack went to Puerto Rico to campaign to sway the heavy Puerto Rican voters in Fla, an important state to carry. He ignored JOBS while campaigning out of the country.
We didn't get much coverage on his social media event at Facebook, securing the management support of young Billionaire Zukerberg...insuring a healthy social media campaign of kids, like he had last time.
Following Facebook there was a SanFrancisco Millionaires & Billionaires event for Obama and part the large print press reporters, and being in SanFran, SFChron reporters were ask to be there. Their most senior political reporter, Carla Marinucci, was taking notes, and like most in the room also used her camera phone, which so outraged Obama he forbid her from using 'real words' and forbid her from from reporting on her events ! ! go figure . I believe the PW even got in trouble once quoting Michelle, and even had to taking off info that was on the web forever.
It is really chilling how they want to censor the press. Of course the topper was several weeks ago, when a respected moderate, left-of-center reporter (not a Rep) was commenting on tv the day after on of Obama's speech, when Obama acted a bit childish in attacking some republicans, comparing to his girl's doing their homework. On the show the panel was chewing about the speech, thinking they were off the air at the moment, and he commented on "Obama acted like '..ick', so within 24 hrs msnbc had fired the pundit/author...after appropriate phone calls from the WH. Similar actions of the first 3 months of the new administration, ABC had to fire John Stossel (Give Me A Break) and CNN fired Lou Dobbs....right fromk the start get put the fear in the press/media,...talk about controlling the message. So SAD, not what Thomas Jefferson meant when he was talking about 'Freedom of the Press'. We need a LOT more 'coverage' on the scary 'silencing' of the press, as Michelle and Barack are doing their undercover 'group' campaigning. Michelle Obama then went to Chicago for more campaigning....but we don't know what she really promises,.
As far as Michelle Bachman, tv, radio, newspapers, and this PW site have covered Bachman's headaches.. I don't want her social beliefs, with or without headaches! She won't get the independents vote from coast to coast. Much better for her to continue to stay representative of 'her district'....it won't work for the rest of the country.
All the DEMS have to stay on 'script'. You might have seen yesterday, Obama, every Dem Senator, Representative, pundit added new words to 'the script' ...now it's millionaires and BILLIONaires, and corporate jets and YACHTS ! ! ! Does that mean all the Kennedy yachts at Cape Cod compound, and John Kerry's yachts that go with his 7 mansions ??? Instead of campaigning, I so wish Obama could get focused,and then stay focused on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS...and I don't mean more PUBLIC union jobs, green jobs, or inner-city jobs. It's the traditional mid-level taxPAYERS in manufacturing/sales, main street, etc who can't pay taxes again,,,,,,until they get jobs again, and many have depleted savings and now another round of foreclosures will follow. FORGET about houses. Housing will take care of itself when CA are no longer 10-11% UNemployed. NO jobs, NO home loans ! duh


Posted by Repub votes no michelle, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

So there's a 'restricted' thread for Anil Dash and Piderit...
...probably part of Obama's 'Facebook' team to 'control and silence'
and 'trash' or 'stop' any opposing thought...control and silence the 'message'.
The only problem we have on this PW site (other than Cholo) is the PUBLIC union members who spend most of their time monitoring and trashing any thread where there might be opposing thoughts or opinions.
Scary, just notice PW is setting this thread up with a new comment section, like they are ready to remove my long, and seriously thought comment above,,..let's hope it stays above.
Thanks, but we don't need lectures from outsiders about heavy-handed silencing techniques. ( I just noticed my 'no michelle' handle...very good, that covers it, no michelle....on TWO counts !!


Posted by Cato under siege, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jul 22, 2011 at 6:55 am

One obsessive poster on these threads has called for censorship of views opposed to her own (even starting a thread to recruit followers); moreover, she has boasted about keeping a shadow file on at least one poster, apparently as a means of tracking his or her identity. Another obsessive poster has admitted he goes into the phone book in hopes of learning the addresses of some of the posters here. Both have complained that they don't like their arguments being proven to be fraught with contradiction and/or misinformation. And now these conspiratorial claims about Obama and unions censoring the views of others? How pathetic.


Posted by Repub votes no michelle, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

Cato, have you not seen PWs 'restricted user' thread from Anil Dash and Pederit ? ? ? I have no doubt they are part of Obama's giant nationwide 'social media' campaign team...run from the White House.
David Plouff, BOs past and present head campaign manager, who was moved back into the White House in Jan. 2011....all politics, all the time ! !
Maybe you were born last night, I wasn't...but Anil & Pederit sure sound like trying to 'SILENCE' , control, and eliminate all negative comments about Obama. ....they need to polish their style, those techniques won't fly....maybe they're college students, new to this country and don't fully grasp the concept of Freedom of the Press ! !


Posted by Frank, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

"ABC had to fire John Stossel (Give Me A Break)..."

This is completely false. It is a lie.

Web Link

What game are you playing?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Michelle and her hubby...birds of a feather? The word is out that Michel + Hubby are a Gay couple. It's possible according to her hubbette!

how come she is so vehemently against a large group of folks unless she has something to hide, to disown, a deep down nasty, furry, fuzzy, you know what? A nightmarish secret?
yup...that's my conclusion.

Healthy folks don't run around trashing others and wanting others to join the feeding frenzy unless they want to be citizens above suspicion. i wouldn't be the least bit surprised if missy michelle is a dyke...a lebanese...hmmmmmmmmmmmm...

a reflective person...


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Frank, oh my!! you really were born last night! OR, are you part of Plouf's social media team. In 'political' separations, the 'public statements' are part of the 'deal' the word fired never exists,. Obama doesn't personally make the call, it's the guys sitting next to him. You have seen the inside of Plouff campaign office in the West wing, right ??...makes carl Rove look like a beginner ! !
Transparency does not exist in this administration....remember Pelosi famous 'we won't know what's in it, until we pass it" ! ! DEFINITELY NOT TRANSPARENT ! ...remeber CANDIDATE BOs promise that a health care bill would be posted for all of America to read online, before it would ever go for a vote ! RIGHT? wrong !! NEVER HAPPENED. the 2000+ pages crammed with favors was typed during the night and submitted hours later for a vote ! NOT SO TRANSPARENT !
Please don't rewrite history. Democrat, Chronicle, senior reporter Carla Marinucci use of a cell phone camera at a huge event caused her removed from covering Obama. There is a long list. I thought it would stop when Rahm Emanuel left, but I was wrong, it has actually kicked into a higher level of paranoia,. what do they fear? Why is media censored?


Posted by Clarence, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

Obama should do what Bush and Cheney did. Only give speech at controlled military site, or a controlled high school site where anyone with anti-Gop message on shirts or cars is forcefully escorted from the site, or arrested. Also, no public protesting allowed at GOP campaigns or conventions, ever.


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Clarance, precisely my point, Obama DOES limit and control the group and setting,.,.. and MUCH MORE...IT IS THE CONTROLLING AND LIMITING OF THE PRESS / MEDIA THAT IS AN ASSULT ON ALL OF US. HE IS WHO PROMISED HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE 'TRANSPARENT'......well, this is the most controlled, reporter selective, private group-talk, closed press team in generations....the record speaks for itself....it's there for any who want to check out, even here in liberal Bay Area, the way groups and reporters have been handled.


Posted by BillyJim-Bob, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

Exactly! Like the way Obama has given exclusive, noncensored interviews to Fox News. What a phony. Next they'll be trying to prevent lawful guntoting patriots from attending his rallies. Yessireee, that's the problem with the obama administration. He's a socialist muslim tyrant who suppresses my free speech. Pass it on!!!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

get a life BJ Bob...hahahahahahahahaa


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Cato and Frank, ANOTHER one bites the dust ! BUT, this time it's a leftist progressive.!! So far we KNOW of 2 right of center, at least one left of center reporter pulled from covering, a left of center pundit/author, and now this progressive host. This weekend cenk is telling the story about his separation from msnbc on the web, and I saw a replay on a SUN cable news show today.....later I watched Fox to see if they played it, but they did not.
Cenk knew his ratings were high so ask about ratings, was told YES, he definitely had great ratings, and even finally beat Fox....like they wanted, so that was not the reason, But cenk said "management would not let me tell the truth". Then he said "yes, I challenge ALL politicians"..."it's media's job, we're suppose to challenge the government and THOSE IN POWER." A month earlier, he had been called aside and told "once we get here we are part of the cool management club and we are to "play ball" and "those in power in WASH don't like your "TONE".
I've watched him many times, since I watch and read ALL sides, always, on all issues. Nobody should speak or offer opinions unless they DO listen & read all, not only for the issues, but to fully understand exactly where others fit on the scale, and to fully understand hosts positions when things get heated. cenk is vicious to all Repubs all the time, like Olberman and ED before him in that msnbc time slot. But he calls himself a 'progressive' and would also freely say, "Obama should do this and that, or Obama should NOT be doing this and that" etc. etc. ..,.that was a no, no.
Recently msnbc managers were in Wash and the message was delivered again. He said "I know I am the newest and the toughest" and "I am by far the hardest on Obama". So the deal offered him was double what he was makingand lots of perks ....to be OUT of his time slot, and would not get the NEXT slot which he was expecting,...in fact, reducing him to a few minutes now and then on other shows. (sort of sounds like hush money, to minimize air time and so he wouldn't go someplace else where he might 'speak the truth' as he calls it.
This was covered on Sun, news shows today and his 'announcement speech' is on the web....
So Cato and Frank, if you need to watch the world around you closer before charging conspiratorial stories about censoring....better you look closer at those in power for charges of conspiracy and censoring.


Posted by Another Repub, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 25, 2011 at 6:06 am

I agree with Repub votes no michelles. Further: John Kennedy was shot by his brother Robt who wanted his job, and Robert was shot by Teddy who wanted his job. Martin Luther King was a puppet of the Soviet Union. Jewish liberals were responsible for 911. Rupert Murdoch is only pretending to be a rightwinger. All clear now? How do I know? I read a lot. As an independent I voted for Obama, but never again.


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Another,(NON-rep) is cross-dressing, party-jumping, and shoveling BULL again.. 'Another's' lies can't be documented and his behavior so sophomoric!..'Another' that's 'childish' to you...not smart enough to know you need to verify with backup. Everything I write on, I have read in major papers or watched on recorded national news tv.
I guess you would be called a 'denier' of truths.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

in my adult opinion, michelle's hubby looks like a giant sissy seahorse...


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Hey 'ANOTHER' have you looked on the web yet, to see Cenk telling the blow by blow of why MSNBC would not let him, a liberal PROGRESSIVE host, do his show any longer. To dispell your conspiracy paranoia, you can watch his lips move as he tells his own story.
I know it hurts to know any administration is into elimination of reporters who won't 'play ball'. It's a real assult on the principle of 'Freedom of the Press'.


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Hey 'ANOTHER' have you looked on the web yet, to see Cenk telling the blow by blow of why MSNBC would not let him, a liberal PROGRESSIVE host, do his show any longer. To dispell your conspiracy paranoia, you can watch his lips move as he tells his own story.
I know it hurts to know any administration is into elimination of reporters who won't 'play ball'. It's a real assult on the principle of 'Freedom of the Press'.


Posted by Yet Another Michelle, a resident of California Reflections
on Jul 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

Sometimes I wonder what it must be life to live a life in which my thoughts and arguments are based upon mainstream media reports and what I watch on TV. But then I feel a migraine coming on....


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Just reporting. Like reporters just repeat. I've watched MSNBC's Cenk, a genuine leftist progressive, who replaced Oblerman and ED in that time MSNBC slot. His video is on the web of him telling his story as to how is firing came down....watch it.
You see not all the firings have been conservatives. Cenk was a bad-boy progressive who dared to imply Obaba wasn't doing everything right....sieg heil! that cannot be allowed. SILENCE him !
very scary, beyond Nixonian.
Everything is to be perfectly staged theatre...and everybody must stick to the approved script/ campaign agenda.
The network presidnts get the word, pull the messenger, if the message doesn't fit with WH approval. ...very scary


Posted by Yet Another Repub, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

Yep, and one of these days we'll get around to explaining how/why corporate owned mainstream media, with owners and CEOs expressly stating they support Repub causes, somehow find themselves being enslaved by an Obama administration.... Yep, one of these days we'll get around to explaining that. But until then, just keep on watching corporate t.v. and reading your corporate-owned news source. Until then, continue to be a lame-brained, half-wit who believes Obama is a muslim socialist tyrant. Ever notice how the lamestream media, enslaved by the tyrannical Obaba, hasn't revealed his marriage license with Michelle? Hmmmmm.... What do you think they're hiding there?


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

You deny the recorded EVENTS of which I speak ? All firings and their dates are available. Leftistd Cenk has even given blow by blow.
All that other gibberish, I have no idea what you're talking about...I have never even implies muslim or socialist, and has nothing the do with the Nixoian silencing of reporters. Of course Nixon just put them on a 'LISt", but they kept their jobs and continues to report....they werked yanked off tv like these others.
Actually, I forgot to include Juan on PBS who got fired for even talking about muslims.
Get a grip Yet. Don't readd things into that are not there. Just the facts on reporters...all your other name calling is so irrelevant and chilish,,,,and UNTRUE. don't write fairy tales


Posted by No More Michelle, But Perry or Santorum is Fine, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

This report fresh in from the lamestream media:

WOODBURY, MN—Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann fired back Wednesday at critics who have said the Minnesota congresswoman's ability to lead the nation would be greatly hindered by her frequent, hours-long blackouts from which she invariably awakens covered in blood. "This is a complete nonissue—who among us hasn't gotten the occasional blinding headache only to wake up totally nude two days later in an abandoned church, covered from head to toe in someone else's blood and with absolutely no recollection of what happened in the intervening time?" said Bachmann, later adding that she is otherwise healthy and, in fact, is fairly certain she gets a significant amount of aerobic exercise during her prolonged fugue states. "I think I can handle the job of running the country just fine even if now and again I have one of my little spells where I come to in the middle of the South Carolina woods tightly gripping a bloody lead pipe in one hand and a ragged piece of what I think was a scalp in the other." Many political analysts have expressed doubt regarding Bachmann's presidential chances, citing the 1988 loss of Michael Dukakis to George H.W. Bush after it was discovered the Massachusetts governor had cooked and eaten a border collie while sleepwalking.


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