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NYTer: Nothing meaningful, much hypocrisy from Bachmann

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The Michele Bachmann-Arlen Specter radio conflagration reached the august halls of the New York Times over the weekend when columnist Gail Collins held forth and tied together two themes familiar to Minnesotans.

First: Why would anyone take seriously a member of Congress, who, when asked what bills she had sponsored recently, responds with, "prosperity."

Collins, like Specter, pointed out that "prosperity" is an idea, not a bill. And when you find yourself engaged with a flim-flammer trying to conflate the two, it's a conversation guaranteed not to contain anything meaningful.

Second: When one's opponent launches into a rant about how Americans are demanding that there be less government in their lives, you don't dissolve in a puddle of sexist goo and demand that she "act like a lady."

No. Instead, she says, you ask where does Bachmann get off criticizing the amount of government in peoples' lives when her family farm has been the beneficiary of a $250,000 federal crop subsidy?

Collins convicts Specter of ineptitude, but she sympathizes with him.

"Bachmann does have a terrific talent for driving people nuts," Collins says.