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Politico’s Reporting on Bachmann’s Legislative Record is a First

John on June 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Today, Politico posted a fairly lengthy story by John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman titled Michele Bachmann’s thin legislative résumé. The story quotes Barney Frank and one semi-anonymous GOP House member to the effect that Bachmann hasn’t made her presence felt on the Financial Services Committee.

That’s all fine, I suppose. It’s normal to look into the record of presidential aspirants. And as the story itself notes, Bachmann is hardly the first to run on a thin resume:

Of course, having a thin legislative résumé isn’t a dead end for a presidential run — Obama started running for president just two years into his Senate term and didn’t have a substantive list of congressional accomplishments.

That admission actually got co-blogger Morgen wondering if Politico had said as much when Obama was actually running. The answer, so far as I can tell, is not really.

There was one embarrassing moment when a Texas Democrat who supported Obama was unable to name an achievement on the Chris Matthews show. Ben Smith gave that one three paragraphs as an “embarrassing” media story. But again, did anyone write a feature on Obama’s legislative accomplishments? Not that I see.

If Bachmann deserves this kind of scrutiny, why didn’t Obama?

Addendum: Jim Hoft notes that George Stephanopoulos asked Bachmann if she was prepared to have her foster children scrutinized. Because, of course, that’s the level of scrutiny the media gives all candidates children.

Oh…wait. That rule only applies to female politicians named Michele with one ‘l’. Those named Michelle with two l’s are excluded. Makes perfect sense.

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