At the St Cloud Times, Mark Summerhauser reports in Bachmann addresses career colleagues at Monticello swan song:
Politicians, media personalities and loved ones saluted retiring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Friday night in the same building where she first was endorsed for a U.S. House run eight years ago. . . .
Actor Jon Voight, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, media personalities Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity — and in a surprise twist, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn. — were among those who provided personal video messages for the event. . . .
Here's hoping Senator Franken shares that tape with the world. Doug Belden of the Pioneer Press reports in Bachmann leaves door open to a run for another political office:
U.S. Sen. Al Franken list[ed] the things he and Bachmann agree on -- like disliking Asian carp and liking the Twins.
Judging from Belden and Sommerhauser's descriptions, the rest of the speakers were standard Bachmann fare. Bluestem fodder favorite Allen Quist compared Bachmann to King David:
"If you understand David and Goliath, you'll understand Michele Bachmann," Quist said. Bachmann "inspires people because she answers the call. She always answers the call.
"That inspires the rest of us to join in."
But we're wondering if Garrison Keillor had this in mind when he developed the setting for A Prairie Home Companion:
Bachmann said she rarely struggled with how to vote on Congress, because she knew her district and she knew herself.
"This is Lake Wobegon. It's my district," Bachmann said. "I knew you, and I knew what you would want."
Photo: Senator Franken and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann share a dislike of Asian carp, like this one.
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