Rich Galen
You might remember that I am not Michele Bachmann's biggest supporter. I don't dislike her, but … well, there you are.

Nevertheless there was an article in the newspaper yesterday which caught my eye at Old Town Alexandria Starbucks while I was awaiting my tall-skim-no whip-one Splenda- mocha which I think costs about $27.50.

The headline was: Michele Bachmann's thin legislative résumé

Here's what's going on.

Rep. Bachmann is at the top of the hit parade among GOP candidates for the GOP nomination and so it is her turn to have every English language reporter on the planet take a shot at seeing if he or she can be the one who cuts Bachmann down to size.

We should talk about why we think it is necessary to make candidates for public office run a gauntlet of reporters wielding laptops like so many esnes at a 15th century joust.

Build 'em up, then tear 'em down. Great American blood sport.

Anyway in the article in Politico by John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman the second graf read:

Now in her third House term, Bachmann has never had a bill or resolution she's sponsored signed into law, and she's never wielded a committee gavel, either at the full or subcommittee level.

Bachmann's amendments and bills have rarely been considered by any committee, even with the House under GOP control.

If this is Bachmann's third term, she was elected in 2006. As I remember there were not that many Republicans elected to the U.S. House in 2006. In fact the Democrats picked up 31 seats and gained control of the House.

So, for the first two terms of her Congressional career, Michele Bachmann was in the - how to put this delicately - MINORITY!

In my nearly 35 years watching this, Members of Congress who are in the minority do not:

-- Have a bill or resolution signed into law;

-- Wield a committee gavel (either at the full or subcommittee level), nor;

-- Have amendments or bills considered by any committee.

That's why it is so, so much better to be in the majority in the U.S. House.

Oh! But Bachmann IS in the majority now?

Kee-rekt. And she has been in the majority for a full five months. And guess what? She has still only been in Congress for about four-and-a-half years and is not in line to wield a gavel as chairman of the full or subcommittee level.

There is nothing fair about the U.S. House. Whichever party has control has ABSOLUTE control. There is no Senatorial Courtesy because it ain't the Senate. It's the House. Rough and tumble. Take no prisoners. I have one more vote than you. I own it all.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at