Reps. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) had their talking points and they were ready to go.

But their press conference, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday near the Capitol steps, was plagued by two problems.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
was supposed to be there, but along with other members, she was getting briefed on the conflict in Libya.

Kingston, Gohmert and their aides huddled and decided to wait for the outspoken Minnesota lawmaker.

Then the rain started.

Reporters, especially ones without umbrellas, started to get antsy.

Minutes later, Kingston and Gohmert called an audible, opting to start the presser and hoping Bachmann would show eventually. The plan seemed shrewd. After all, Kingston and Gohmert are politicians; they can talk for hours if need be.

Both members complimented each other and then blasted President Obama's healthcare law.

The rain picked up. (To their credit, neither member asked their staff to hold an umbrella over their head).

When they were done, former Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) took to the podium and (shocker!) also said the health reform law is bad news.

The rain got harder. No Bachmann.

A couple questions were asked and answered.

Any more? Nope. The dozen or so media representatives were cold and wet. The press conference ended without a Bachmann sighting. But not before Kingston, clearly worried about the health of the Fourth Estate, offered to buy chicken soup for anyone who got sick.