I’m no fan of Michele Bachmann and can’t see myself ever voting for her but I made my case based upon facts. The media, on the other hand, plays by a different set of rules: Michele Bachmann gets migraines or has missed votes while campaigning. This is the type of “serious reporting” going on in the press nowadays?
The Bachmann stories are like what the media did to Sarah Palin when she was nominated as John McCain’s VP… we heard she said you could see Russia from her kitchen window. What Palin actually said was that you can see Russia from an Alaskan island. The two islands, Big Diomede (Russia) and Little Diomede (United States) are close enough so that you can see one from the other.
It’s like that movie Lost in Translation except Palin was speaking the truth and the media wasn’t.
As some commentators pointed out, many U.S. presidents have suffered from migraines including Thomas Jefferson and as far as missing votes while on the campaign trail… well duh.
Some on the Right have it in for Bachmann. The Daily Caller is the one that “broke” the story about Bachmann’s migraines. Tucker Carlson, a Republican, is a co-founder of that website.
Republican presidential candidate (and Bachmann rival) Tim Pawlenty had to go out of his way by saying Bachmann’s headaches shouldn’t be an issue:
“I think it’s mostly a sideshow,” Pawlenty said on Fox News. “I’ve observed Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve never seen her have a medical condition or impairment that would seem to be a concern.”
The trouble with throwing these types of “allegations” at a candidate, any candidate, is that it tends to dominate the headlines because people love fluff. It is interesting that Liberals said that candidate Bill Clinton’s personal life didn’t matter while, when it comes to a Conservative like Bachmann whether she gets migraines or not is of importance.
What about the issues?
Since discussing relevant facts requires more knowledge, patience, and intellectual rigor we get fluff, instead.
Fluff is not going to solve this nation’s problems. Fluff is not going to weed out the unsuitable candidates. Fluff is not going to expose the truth. Fluff is not going to get us anywhere or teach us anything useful.
I don’t think Bachmann will win the nomination and, fairly or not, I think Sarah Palin’s having been picked as VP will preclude Bachmann’s selection for this post, too. She will likely be more known as the women who bumped Sarah Palin from the spotlight more so than as somebody who made it into the Executive Branch in the #1 or #2 spot.
I may not like Bachmann’s positions on policy matters and I may disagree with some of her personal views but I’m not going to take issue with how many votes she’s missed or whether she gets a headache every once in a while, either.