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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bachmann Doubles Down on Default Amidst Migraine Revelations and Bodyguards Attacking Journalist

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann continues her push for the “default now!” vote with a second Iowa TV spot touting her opposition to the U.S. remaining creditworthy, repeating her signature “,” line.

It will be interesting to see how this affects her numbers when we do either a) default or b) raise the debt limit (marginalizing her as to the right of John Boehner and Eric Cantor), though perhaps the latter is exactly what she’s after.

But she’s been pushed off message this week, as several former aides who apparently enjoy dishing dirt on her outed the congresswoman as a serial migraine sufferer who is regularly incapacitated for days at a time and has even been hospitalized repeatedly over the past few years. Her bodyguards did not take kindly to ABC investigative journalist Brian Ross pressing her on the issue at a campaign event Tuesday:

Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she continued to ignore him.

Afterward, I asked Ross — a hard-nosed pro who nevertheless seemed slightly shaken — whether he had ever been treated so roughly. “A few times,” he told me. “Mostly by Mafia people.”

Considering that Bachmann has run screaming out of a bathroom, fearing for her sexual purity when lesbian constituents were asking about her views on LGBT issues, and has been spotted hiding in the bushes at a marriage equality rally, the migraines–and the bizarre way she is dealing with their revelation–only add to the growing mystique swirling around the culture warrior, despite her best efforts to run a campaign based on the fiscal crisis confronting the nation.

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  • KevinMT

    What does she not understand?

    default is never good, not for businesses, families or governments.

    Government spending has been cut to the bone already. Are we not going to feed, fuel and arm our troops in Afghanistan? Create more homeless seniors?

    The choice is clear: either raise the debt ceiling, or increase taxes.

  • mhayden6219

    This women has no clue. She would drag this country into a finical state we would never recover from. The tea party does not care what We The People actually want. Read the polls this week 2/3 of the people polled want a balanced solution that incorporates revenue increases and spending cuts. But I guess you can’t read when you have a migraine.

  • RobertChapman

    Michelle Bachman seems to have the powers of the office of the Presidency of the United States confused with those of the deity.

    She has already stated she will not submit a budget with a deficit- what if 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina occurs during her term? Will it be sorry folks, I can’t afford this?

    She has declared that default will not make her Presidency infinitely more difficult and balancing her books almost impossible.

    With reagard to her personal health, she has stated that her migraines will not be a foctor. How can she know that? Never having sat in the chair in the Oval Office, how can she know the pressures that will be on her and how she will react?

    Michelle Bachman’s meteoric rise to prominence has inflated her ego to point that she believes that she says shall be done. We cannot afford a President with this type of condition.

  • H.A.S

    I have seen people with migraines!! It is not nice. If Michelle has migraines now, it is my guess that before this is over with she will be beating her head against the wall to get some relief!!

  • vvance

    Fiscal conservatives such as Michelle Bachmann repeatedly demand that the federal government should be “run as a business.” To the extent that government can be compared with a business, it is not a manufacturing business but a service business like a telephone company, a railroad, or a television station. Conservatives like Bachmann demand that the federal government be run as a business but without ever raising any taxes on anyone ever. But no service business in private industry, the operating costs of which constantly increase,can survive without raising the prices of their services periodically to cover those increasing costs. So they do raise those prices. Only by so doing can the public continue to enjoy the services they provide. So,too, running the federal government as a service business requires that revenues be increased periodically to cover the increased costs of providing those services. And that means increasing taxes. That is what a true business-like approach to government requires.

  • Bob Holding

    It seems obvious why Bachmann is suffering from Sever Headaches, She is running a Medicaid Fraud by charging the tax payer for her anti-gay phony therapy to the tune of $137,000 billed to Medicaid, yet talks about no need to raise the debt ceiling that supports her scam with an additional $24,00 from the state. Then she releases the above video stating that this country would be better off by defaulting on it’s debt. I’m not a Doctor, but one could conclude that her Migraines are caused by her head being so full of Sh*t that it is ready to explode from methane gas pressure.

  • sstrizak

    Why is it OK for Ms. Bachmann to rail against government, when she accepts FEDERAL funds for hers and her husband’s clinic and farm? Their clinic uses FEDERAL funds and practices the the cure of “praying the GAY away”. Why should my tax dollars support her clinic, but she will vote against Planned Parenthood and other womens services? She is the classic, clueless hypocrite. Maybe her husband should use his “pray the GAY away” treatment on himself before he flies away.