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.