Posted: 07/29/12 07:01
by Dave Mindeman
After being repeatedly asked for comments about Michele Bachmann's Muslim Brotherhood witch hunt, John Kline finally spoke up the other day to say this....
?I don?t think any of us doubt that Mrs. Bachmann is concerned about national security,? Kline said. ?I think that she stepped a bit over the line when she went after individuals by name ? we need to be focusing on jobs and the economy.?
There are a number of curious things about this:
1) The statement was tenative and measured.
2) It came on an RNC conference call about the economy and Kline had Norm Coleman there to give him cover.
3) It obviously took Kline a very long time to figure out what to say and was prepared on this call knowing he could not duck it any furthur.
4. He is hoping this ends here.
Now, is that the mark of a leader?
Congressman Kline is obviously being careful in a political year in which he will be having a real contest. But in a world where Bachmann has strong ties to the Tea Party and Kline has Tea Party critics, the Congressman is trying to find ways to play politics with national security.
There was a time, early in his career, when Kline was critical of the games played in Washington. He criticized the "pork barrel" ways of Congress....at least he did when he wasn't the beneficiary.
The Congressional career of John Kline has been a slow quicksand like caving in to power. Now that Kline has secured some leadership positions, he plays the game all too well.
Ironic isn't it? Now that he has those leadership positions, he refuses to lead.