Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.

[Trigger warning for disablism, misogyny.]

The Daily Caller: Stress-related condition 'incapacitates' Bachmann; heavy pill use alleged.

The headline alone is absurd. The article is about how Rep. Michele Bachmann suffers from migraines and takes an assortment of medications to prevent and/or negotiate them. Which is not unusual for people who regularly experience migraines.

The rest of the piece is no better. It's all speculation and second-hand reports and political gamespersonship disguised as concern:
Sources who spoke to The Daily Caller said they did so because they are terrified about the impact the condition could have on Bachmann's performance if she actually became president. They also worry that the issue could blow up in the general election campaign, giving President Obama an easy path to re-election.
"I'm very concerned, but you didn't hear it from me!"—An anonymous source who is for sure code-named Pim Tawlenty.

This will be a story if and when Bachmann's "performance" as a politician and/or candidate shows signs of compromise. (Other than the usual being a garbage politician and garbage candidate for the usual reasons of having a garbage ideology and garbage ethics.) At this point, it's just a hit piece that plays on institutional disablism and misogynist narratives about women crumbling under stress and their bodies (and thus their health) being public property.

I am literally incapable of wanting Michele Bachmann as my president any less than I do at this moment—and yet I still believe that judging whether whether Michele Bachmann is physically up to the job of running for and potentially serving as president is exclusively the purview of Michele Bachmann.

I'm not going to audit her choices or claim to know better what's best for Michele Bachmann than she does, despite the fact that she would not return the favor.

That's not how feminism works, and I am a feminist.

[See also: Dana Goldstein.]