So, in what I find to a piece of brilliant political maneuvering hidden in the guise of a simple resolution recognizing the upcoming 50th anniversary of Hawaii's entrance into the Union, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) hoped to force the Birther's into the open by inserting the line: “Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii”. Something they were sure to find questionable.
Who took the bait? Why our most favorite CongressCritter herself, Michele Bachmann. Just as the resolution was about to pass by a voice vote, Bachmann objected on the grounds that there was not a quorum present. The vote on the resolution was postponed.
What happens next? Well presumably since the vote has just been postponed, it will come up again. By inserting the idea of a quorum into the mix, Bachmann is forcing the hand of the GOP. A voice vote doesn't record who voted, just the number of Yays and Nays. Now we'll have a record of who votes against this resolution. So, as unlikely as it seems, I have to say, "Thank You, Ms. Bachmann."
Now we shall see what we shall see. (Insert maniacal laughter here)