Why did Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann offer a rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address when Rep. Paul Ryan had been asked to deliver the official Republican response?
This disingenuous question is irking pundits all across the left-wing, mainstream media [and blogosphere].
They casually ignore the fact that Barack Obama, in 2008, had offered a response to President Bush's State of the Union address even though then-Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius had been asked to deliver the official Democratic response.
To be fair, however, the mainstream media - in raising the aforementioned question - is simply fulfilling its duty: to bash the Republicans and to try to create a rift within the party.
It's their job, it's what they get paid to do.
Incidentally, Barack Obama, during his rebuttal [i.e. Presidential campaign speech] in 2008, did not refrain from deriding Mr. Bush.
Civility, it seems, was not the order of the day back then.