a minnesota nice nose for news
the great state of minnesota has once again delivered an exceptionally diverse congressional delegation, including republican michelle bachman and democrat keith ellison. i figured that freshmen in congress were given the same advice as new assistant professors at faculty meetings: that is, one should be seen but never heard.
thus far, however, our new delegation has been seen and heard. representative ellison made headlines and history by swearing his oath of office on thomas jefferson's koran. not to be outdone, representative bachman put a minnesota death grip on the chief executive last night. maybe i've been watching too much high school wrestling, but i think the video shows fine technique. from this position, she could have executed a formidable head snap or collar tie.
on balance, i'm glad that everybody speaks up in faculty meetings these days and glad, i suppose, that we didn't elect any wallflowers to congress this year. if nothing else, our new reps might lively up the 2008 convention in st. paul.