The fact that congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota 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 McCainHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Senate committee sets Monday vote even as Pompeo appears to lack support Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea MORE's skin cancer or Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJudge rules against Trump administration in teen pregnancy prevention case Parkland student rips Obama for essay on shooting survivors Obama pens Time 100 entry for Parkland survivors 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.