Today is the famous GOP straw poll in Ames, Iowa.  There is a good chance that Michelle Bachman could come out on top.  Which will move her closer to the nomination.

But what about her health problems?  What about her migraines?  These are a serious medical matter, one she has not fully addressed.  The record shows that she missed a number of House votes because of the migraines.  Nevertheless, she has declined to answer more detailed questions, release her medical records or respond to reports that she was hospitalized several times.

Bachaman’s supporters argue that the scrutinycarries a whiff of misogyny, okaying into stereotypes of women as mentally weak.  But voters have a right to know about the health of would-be presidents.  If anything, when it comes to sharing medical information, it would be sexist to hold Bachman to lower expectations.

Once I  had a couple of colleagues who suffered from migraines.  When the migrqaines hit they locked their doors and sometimes did not appear for three days.

What if Bachman has a severe migraine and the nuclear phone rings in the middle of the night?

Should Bachman come clean on her migraines?

What do you think?


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    Yes, she should. As Neil writes, the health of the president is everyone’s business.

    Of course, Bachmann’s migraines pale in comparison to both JFK’s and FDR’s health problems, so she’ll do just fine under the scrutiny.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I doubt that JFK would make it today but, other than his polio, I thought FDR was ok until his fourth term.

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    jim Says:

    Let’s test Bachmann’s veracity. When she was being questioned about her executive experience, she claimed she was a tax attorney. She forgot to mention that at the time she worked for the IRS.

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    Doesn’t that mean- “only perfect specimen’s need apply”?

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    jim Says:

    No, it means the imperfect one should strive to not stretch the truths. It will come back to bite her in the back, man.

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    Why can’t being a tax attorney not qualify as executive experience? Certainly, there are some activities of a tax attorney that don’t qualify but some that certainly would.

    But who here on this forum cares about executive experience? Almost to a man, everyone here disparaged Sarah Palin as a boob when she ran on John McCain’s ticket. But at the time Palin had more executive experience than Obama, McCain, and Biden combined (none of those three men had had any executive experience in government, only being lawmakers). So why the sudden change of heart as to the importance of executive experience?

    Neil, don’t forget we have our little side bet going: Bachmann versus Obama, if indeed, Bachmann becomes the GOP candidate.

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    Neil McKenty Says:


    I remember the bet. Bachman beats Obama. My Jesuit background tells me the odds of this happening are so long that vthe bet is probably immoral.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    …them I will help you neutralize your immorality by taking odds. You can pay me 10 to 1 odds if she wins…

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    jim Says:

    Tony:- Your losing it. Why one would bet on a summer swoon is beyond me.
    How about you giving me the name of a Republican woman (not an airhead teabag) who in your opinion stand heads above Bachmann or Palin. I know there are some, I’ve seen them, it’s just that I’m checking to see if you identify only with patients who have escaped from the twitch farm. Get back on track Tony, we need you. Your really an OK guy.
    Bye-the-way I hope Bachmann wins the nomination, but alas, she won’t, dammit.

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    jim Says:

    I see that Perry has joined humma-humma drool crowd. He stated yesterday that Bernake should be charged with treason if he prints money before the next election. This spitball evidently hasn’t read the constitution. Treason for Pete’s sake!!!!!!!!

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    I am not happy with Perry’s comment for another reason: it was an almost unveiled threat of violence against Burnacke. I actually think he should be visited by the authorities for inciting violence against a public figure and, if appropriate, charges brought against him. I actually think this one comment disqualifies him from running for public office of any kind.

    But his point, nevertheless, is correct: the printing of money IS going to happen in the U.S. in a very, VERY big way…and it will change the nature of our society for all time. I have had a website devoted to this very issue for the past 4 months, in case anyone is interested in visiting it:

    As for Bachmann, I haven’t been as excited about a Republican — man or woman — since McCain nominated Sarah Palin as his VP. Bachmann has, consistently, railed against the debt for years now; she is not a johnny-come-lately to the issue. The only other Republican who matches her in her zeal over this issue is the great Ron Paul.

    Earlier in the summer, Bachmann was asked what book she brings to the beach to read and she replied: anything by Ludwig Von Mises (the father of Austrian free market economics). Well, that sealed it for me: she’s the best thing since apple pie as far as I’m concerned.

    And she ain’t bad-looking either (and perhaps I’m shallow but it’s just the icing on the cake!).

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    joe agnost Says:

    How can Bachmann suffer migraines when she clearly doesn’t have a brain?

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    jim Says:

    Tony – I wouldn’t mind jumping Bachmann’s bones. One can tell by the timber in her voice that she’s a pretty good grunt and groaner. On the other hand I don’t think I’d make the scene because there is usually a little bit of pillow talk which passes back and forth, and before and after the “deed”. I don’t think I could handle the drivel from another Palin type. Palin for instance, didn’t know where Africa was and is, and also that it is not a country. Bachmann didn’t know whether Elvis the Pelvis was born or died on his latest anniversary.She wished him a happy birthday to celebrate the day he died. (Can anyone trust her with the red button. No ma’am not the one on your torso) Again an example of where truth and Bachmann are not usually in the same room, she stated that Obama awarded the largest wage increases of all time, some in the $170,000 a year range. Not true GWB awarded those increases which came into effect just about the time Obama came into office. Bush’s increases in 2008 and 2009 were 3% and up. Obama’s increase was 2% in 2010 and frozen in 2111. As the man said she could never pass the Pinocchio test with those remarks. You reading this Tony.

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    Jim, you are offensive. If I remember rightly you are married-not that it matters, you are still offensive-“jumping someone’s bones” implies rape.
    Why not just make your point and leave the rest out. It’s not funny!

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Palin’s and Bachmann’s gaffes pail in comparison to those made by Obama when he was running for president…but you didn’t hear about them because the media protected hom. The gals will do just fine.

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    jim Says:

    littlepatti – OK. Next time my approach will be as follows:- “Ma’am, may I introduce my night fighter to your snapper? Yes you may Sir James you kindred soul” Then I’ll jump her bones.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Littlepatti: “jumping one’s bones” may be a crude expression ( we men are, after all, pigs) but it certainly does not imply rape. Never in my 56 years have I ever heard it used in that context and I can assure you that jim did not mean to suggest that.

    As a good person, I must assume you’ve never been exposed to men’s locker room prattle so your misinterpretation is understandable.

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    Tony: Very funny-It’s refreshing to hear you admit that men are pigs…I worked in an all male environment most of my life. They would step out of character once in awhile, (I’m guilty of that too-) but most of them were well educated and well brought up and knew immediately when they were being disrespectful. Some people don’t have that “off button” (Jim), and don’t understand there’s a time and place for everything!
    BTW: Gentlemen, it may be time to re-think your definition of rape.

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    joe agnost Says:

    I don’t mind minor gaffes like mistaking Elvis’ birthday… that’s irrelevent.

    But just the other day she said this about the American public:

    “They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.”

    Does she really not know that the Soviet Union hasn’t existed in 2 decades?

    She’s a moron

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    jim Says:

    Tony:- She doth protest too much. Oink, Oink!!!
    Littlrpatti:- The red button is the button which when pressed to “on” launches the atomic missiles at the enemy. I don’t know how the “off button” got into the picture.You say that at times the men you worked with got out of line now and then and that they new immediately when they were being disrespectful. I always thought well educated men never got out of line if they thought they were going to be disrespectful. May I atone for speaking disrespectfully whilst you were within hearing distance. I have been carrying this reminder for over 50 years:-
    Woman was created from the rib of man,
    She was not made from his head to top him,
    Nor out of his feet to be trampled upon,
    But out of his side to be equal to him,
    Under his arm to be protected,
    And near his heart to be loved

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    Re: Above-I rest my case.

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    jim Says:

    Are there any bones in your case?

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