The fact that congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota US ambassador repeated debunked claim that Abedin has 'egregious' ties to Muslim Brotherhood Bachmann considering running for Franken's seat MORE gets migraine headaches should have no bearing on her candidacy. There's something else going on, however, just under the surface. The "concern" from both the left and the right over Bachmann's health seems more like a dog whistle on the whole gender issue. What's next? Investigating whether she can lead when suffering from PMS?
 
One can only barely recall more than a mere mention of the fact that Vice President Biden had suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms as well as a pulmonary embolism as a younger man — so serious, in fact, that he once was given "last rites" in his hospital bed. Yet no one seemed concerned in 2008, as he was placed on the ticket to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, that this could be an issue.
 
I'm all for fully vetting any and all presidential candidates, and regret that the current occupant of the White House was not vetted more thoroughly. But until someone can make a credible case that Bachmann's migraines are on a par with, or more significant than, Biden's brain aneurysms, Dick Cheney's heart problems, John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE's skin cancer or Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE's smoking habit, all this "concern" accomplishes little more than making an electorate uncomfortable with what seems to be a bit of a double standard.