Liberal bloggers this week have once again given credence to those who complain that bloggers lack credibility, attacking Michelle Bachmann over routine congressional floor actions. Bachmann, who was holding the floor for the Republicans Monday afternoon, delayed a vote on a bill recognizing Hawaii’s 50th anniversary of statehood due to lack of quorum. Apparently Bachmann’s delay for an evening vote proves she is an “Obama birther,” someone who believes that Obama was born in Kenya. After all, as Chris Steller of the Soros-funded Minnesota Independent said, “It’s hard to interpret Bachmann’s maneuver as anything other than her first foray into birtherism.”Or it could have been because, as Salon reported, “The House had already decided to postpone the votes on all of the resolutions being considered under a suspension of the rules until Monday evening.” Chris Steller half-heartedly added an update his story noting Salon’s article and Bachmann’s support of the bill that passed unanimously, but most of the other sites promoting the story didn’t. Think Progress, run by the also-Soros-funded Center for American Progress, posted a video of Bachmann calling for a later vote, that was reposted on most of the other blogs, as evidence that she was against the measure. Think Progress still haven’t updated their post with her vote. Huffington Post’s Sam Stein notes her vote but still says she “blocked” the vote. Huffington Post also reposted a piece by Donny Shaw of the Sunlight Foundation that hasn’t been corrected. Shaw linked to the Salon post in his own article but didn’t update the context. Wonkette didn’t correct themselves at all. Chris Steller previously wrote an article on July 22 speculating that Bachmann believed in Obama birtherism based on the fact that Bachmann has never denied believing in birtherism. (Sounds like he should be a birther.) David Weigel of a Minnesota Independent sister site, Washington Independent, has made it his job to write about birtherism. David Freddoso at the Washington Examiner enlightens the liberals on the simple reason that non-controversial votes with unanimous support are delayed until the end of the day:
Such resolutions are introduced during the day, when the House chamber is nearly empty. Rather than let such symbolic resolutions pass unnoticed in a mid-day voice vote, the House frequently postpones proceedings for a roll call vote later on, when members are actually present on the floor. In the afternoon or evening, members save valuable time by taking up to 10 or 15 roll call votes in a row, usually right before going home.