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The Daily Caller story from earlier today about Michele Bachmann's history of migraines (a history she acknowledges) said more about the Republican campaign to smear Bachmann than it did about her fitness for office, but if this is an indication of how her campaign is going to handle controversies, it'll crash and burn long before Iowa.
But now the Bachmann camp has suddenly invited a whole lot more scrutiny to the story. At an event today, ABC News reporter Brian Ross tried to ask her about her condition, and according to another reporter on the scene, Time’s Michael Crowley, Bachmann’s handlers roughed Ross up pretty aggressively [...] Jeffrey Schneider, a senior vice president for ABC news, reiterated the charge in an interview with me just now. “He was certainly shoved around and pushed,” Schneider says. “It’s unfortunate when physicality is involved. He was just doing his job.” Schneider confirmed that there’s even video of the episode. “We were videotaping Brian asking questions,” he said. “I’m sure it will find it’s way ont on our web site at some point.”

The migraine story an obvious attempt to smear Bachmann, but when you're running for president you've got to be able to deal with stuff like that. Roughing up reporters who ask annoying questions is obviously way over the line of what's acceptable, but it's also a sign of gross political impotence. In politics, shit happens. You've got to be able to handle it.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 02:15 PM PDT.

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