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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 21 2011 / 19 Tamuz, 5771

Getting Headaches and Giving Them

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I've been plagued with migraines for years. So when The Daily Caller reported that GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has had severe migraines, it took my colleagues but minutes to propose that I write on the controversy.

I resisted, but this story is a big talker. I've got a personal angle. I'm a columnist. What else could I do?

Some people get migraines. Some people give them. We, the chosen few, do both.

According to The Daily Caller's anonymous sources, the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota takes medication to control her migraines -- which, she confirms, sometimes have been "incapacitating" and which her campaign denies. The unnamed sources leaked the story, they said, because they worry that Bachmann's migraines could affect her performance in office, as well as present a winning opposition issue for President Barack Obama if she were to garner the GOP nomination.

Do they have a point? I suppose. I've had days when I was in so much pain that I could not write. I wouldn't trust myself to pilot a plane.

Then again, with or without a migraine, I would have trouble keeping up with Bachmann's nonstop schedule.

This controversy takes care of itself. Bachmann faces months under the pressure cooker of high-stakes hardball presidential politics -- the mother of all migraine triggers. She's at a disadvantage. When you're running for president, you can't ask town hall sponsors to turn down the bright lights and ask participants to speak really softly.

If she can tough out the campaign despite the headaches, then she can tough out a lot. If she can't, then she loses.

Me? I am more concerned about Bachmann's promise to vote against any bill that would raise the debt ceiling. Congress bought the car years ago and put some miles on it; now Bachmann argues that it is moral to avoid the car payments. That's what scares me.

Meanwhile, this brouhaha could win Bachmann, if not support, at least sympathy. Women are likelier to get migraines than men. Many women develop migraines as they approach perimenopause. (Bachmann's doctor son said that his 55-year-old mother started getting migraines 15 years ago.) Do not think that women will read the anonymous leakers' fears about Bachmann buckling under the stress and not smell a rat -- and not just because rogue smells can be another migraine symptom.

Remember that old argument that a woman could not be president because she would have trouble keeping her cool during "that time of the month"? Brace yourself. In this election cycle, that mothballed idea has morphed into migraines and menopause.

The old menstrual cycle argument was based on the notion that women are too emotional for high office but that men do not lose their cool. (It helps if you don't know any men.) Now comes the migraine argument, used by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, also a GOP White House hopeful. He told reporters, "There's no real time off in that job."

Apparently, Western civilization would crumble if a female president spent an afternoon on a couch with a cold washcloth on her forehead, because then she wouldn't be able to play golf, pose for a photo opportunity or campaign for re-election like your usual president.

Oh, and, Gov. Pawlenty, if you're worried about a candidate's not being able to govern 24/7, don't play hockey.

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