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Monday, August 06, 2007

Drama Queen vs Dump Michele Bachmann, Dump John Kline and the St Cloud Times

Check it out on Brodkorb's blog here and Dump Michele Bachmann. Dump Bachmann posted about a St Cloud Times story that talked about Michele Bachmann's vote to adjourn prior to the Bridge funding vote.

The House unanimously approved legislation Friday to authorize $250 million in aid. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Speaking in support of the measure on the House floor, Rep. Michele Bachmann told colleagues, "I want to assure the residents of Minnesota that we will have help until the job is done."

Earlier in the day, Bachmann and Republican Rep. John Kline had voted to adjourn the House before it approved the federal aid.

Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad and Democratic Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and Oberstar voted against adjournment that failed 180-237.

Bachmann's office did not respond to e-mails or a call for a comment.

Larry Schumacher of the St Cloud Times responds to Brodkorb's criticism:

My friend King objects that Brogan's story left out important context, such as why the Republicans wanted to adjorn and the fact that the adjornment vote came before the bridge bill was introduced.

Fair enough, but a couple things in response: First, there are contextual details that get left out all the time, for better or worse. One of those in Brogan's story was noting the fact that Ramstad, a Republican, did not side with Bachmann and Kline. So it cuts both ways.

Second, this was perhaps Minnesota's most important day in Congress in at least a decade, and everybody knew the bridge bill was coming up for a vote later. In fact, after the motion to adjorn was defeated, Bachmann still voted against H Res. 600, which was the vehicle enabling the bridge bill to come up in the first place.

What does that say about Bachmann's motivations for voting the way she did? I don't know. But it seems to me that a vote to indefinitely delay action on $250 million in bridge funding for Minnesota is newsworthy, and I'm glad it was part of the story, both as a reporter and a reader.

There's more analysis of these votes on Dump John Kline.