A four-term member of Congress who chairs no committee and is not on a leadership track — and indeed is regarded with suspicion by some members of the party’s hierarchy — announces her plans to retire from the House. There has been no scandal, no arrest, no spouse filing for divorce, nothing worse than what were likely inadvertent violations of our arcane and complex campaign finance laws, as yet unproved in any court. The representative has lost no election and might well have won the next one, never mind the polls 17 months before the voting.
One would think such a development would have been reported inside The Post. Instead, it rated a front-page article [“For Bachmann, a shift to the GOP sideline,” May 30], three photos, columns by two of The Post’s leading opinion writers (Dana Milbank and E.J. Dionne Jr.) and an editorial cartoon by Tom Toles. Wow! Imagine the newspaper’s reaction to the retirement of someone important!