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Bachmann's move grips bloggers

ST. PAUL - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's "death grip" (as the New York Times called it) on President Bush last week drew national attention.

"MN congresswoman can't keep her hand off Bush," one headline read.

"How Not To Get Your Picture Taken with the President," said another.

"Front and center in the limelight at the State of the Union, there she was, freshman congressgirl, Queen of the God Squad, Michele Bachmann, armed with her autograph books, squealing and pawing at President Bush like a rabid schoolgirl at a rock show," Lizz Winstead, co-creator of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," wrote in her blog.

Bachmann, who represents an area in the northern Twin Cities through St. Cloud, greeted Bush on his way into the House chamber to deliver his annual speech, but was much more prominent when he was exiting - or trying to exit.

"It wasn't a handshake, it wasn't a hug of thanks, it was thirty seconds of, 'love me, see me, pay attention to me!'" Windstead wrote.

Bachmann's hand stayed on Bush's shoulder 27 seconds while she got a kiss, and while Bush talked to others in the vicinity.

"Her behavior could be compared to a hormonally erratic tween grasping at Clay Aiken on the Today Show promenade," Windstead opined. "But that would be insulting to the tweens of the world."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.