Sadly, the joint appearance by these two famous members of Congress -- possibly their first debate between one another -- did not live up to expectations. There were no grand declarations about death panels or revolution against socialists on the one hand, nor denunciations of knuckle-dragging neanderthals who want people to die quickly on the other hand.
Bachmann seized upon a story from the Weekly Standard, "Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?" which accused the administration of impropriety in nominating former U.S. Attorney Scott Matheson, Jr. for a judgeship while his brother, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), is undecided on the health care bill. In addition to being a former U.S. Attorney under Bill Clinton, Scott Matheson, Jr. has served as dean of the University of Utah's law school, and as state Mine Safety Commission Chairman. He was appointed to the latter position by Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman (now Obama's Ambassador to China), a few years after Matheson had been the Democratic nominee for governor against Huntsman himself.
"So, Scott Matheson appears to have the credentials to be a judge," the Standard wrote, "but was his nomination used to buy off his brother's vote?"