Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann suffers 'incapacitating' migraines
(Telegraph) -- by Alex Spillius --
The Minnesota congresswoman has surged to the forefront of the Republican primary race in recent weeks, attracting criticism for her strident anti-gay views and former membership of a controversial evangelical church.
But her new prominence has now prompted former advisers to express doubt that her migraines would allow her to sit in the Oval Office, or even last a full campaign.
"As president, when she's in crisis management mode, is she going to have the physical ability to withstand the most difficult challenges facing America?" a former employee told the Daily Caller website. "It's a careful choice of words I used: 'incapacitated'."
Mrs Bachmann, 55, suffers attacks on average once a week and can be put out of action for days at time, the advisers said. Migraines are said to have landed the candidate in hospital on at least three occasions and require routine heavy medication and regular contact with her doctors.
"When she gets them, frankly, she can't function at all. It's not like a little thing with a couple Advils. It's bad," said one adviser...
The report on her illness came as further ammunition emerged to arm Mrs Bachmann's critics both inside and outside the Republican Party, who see her as too extreme to be a mainstream candidate and as someone guaranteed to lose to President Barack Obama in 2012.
A recording is widely circulating on the internet of a prayer she is said to have delivered in 2006 at a ministry run by Bradlee Dean, a controversial preacher who has called for gay people to be locked up.
She predicted "we are in the last days" and declared "the harvest is at hand", an apparent allusion to the belief that God will take saved Christians from the Earth and leave non-believers behind to face never-ending torment.
"The day is at hand, Lord, when your return will come nigh. Nothing is more important than bringing sheep into the fold, than bringing life into the new kingdom," she prayed.
Such views are not unusual in the elements of the evangelical Christian community, said Marie Diamond of Think Progress, a liberal website. "But it's still disconcerting that someone campaigning to lead America into the future believes that its days are numbered and millions of its citizens are doomed," she said.
Mrs Bachmann has toned down her religious rhetoric since running for president, and is focusing her campaign on opposing the president on health care and government spending.
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