Earlier this year, the Washington Post provided examples of vulnerable Congressional Democrats--including Harry Mitchell-- voting against procedural motions in order to look independent.
Later, Mitchell's last-minute vote switch on a Republican amendment that would have prohibited illegal aliens from benefiting from the farm bill threw the House into chaos.
Now we learn that Mitchell and Giffords were hovering around the well of the House in order to cast a yes vote for the bailout bill if Nancy Pelosi had been able to get enough votes that Mitchell and Giffords could have put the issue over the top.
Still, a few lawmakers, among them freshman Democrat Harry Mitchell of Arizona, hung around in the well, potentially ready to switch. Registered as a "no," Mitchell held a green "yes" voting card. Also from Arizona, Democratic freshman Gabrielle Giffords stood nearby.
Can you picture Mitchell hovering by the vote machine, holding a green "yes" card in one hand and a red "nay" card in the other hand, looking expectantly at Nancy Pelosi and waiting to see if his vote was needed?
Now that's leadership.