Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

A healthy candidate, please


If this Daily Caller story is correct then I don’t think Congressman Michele Bachmann should be running for president.

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.”

It’s a common joke about being president that the only one who looked better leaving office than when they first took office was Ronald Reagan. It’s not a crime to be prone to stress headaches, but stress headaches that require hospitalization striking without warning would seem to me a disqualifier to be president.

I would also question the selfish ambition of a politician that would ignore such a condition in their pursuit of the White House.

Look, it’s unfair that Bachmann appears to have this condition, and I’m sure her political enemies are going to mock her for it. But life isn’t fair, and despite what they tell you in grade school not everyone can grow up to be president.

Republicans debating who should be the presidential nominee have to ask themselves if they want a candidate who might literally be absent for much of the campaign if she should be the nominee.

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