A mild surprise, as it always is whenever the Democratic leadership dares to speak up against nutroots-flavored demagoguery. She had no choice this time, though. After two weeks of groovin’ on Graeme Frost’s Absolute Moral Authority, she didn’t want to lose the alleged high ground over one of her loose cannons popping off in another round of Who Hates Bush the Mostest.

Yesterday’s debate in the House to override the President’s veto of bipartisan legislation to cover 10 million children was heated on both sides. While Members of Congress are passionate about their views, what Congressman Stark said during the debate was inappropriate and distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand – providing health care for America’s children.

Go see which side Air America’s listeners came down on in this contretemps, as if you couldn’t guess. Exit question: She’s only picking on him because he’s an atheist, right? I knew it.