Right wing nut jobs have been leaping to the defense of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Many prominent Republicans condemned her for attacking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin. Interestingly, no conservative has criticized her for attacking fellow Member of Congress Keith Ellison (DFL-MN). Mainstream Republicans realize she's vaulted any threshold of decency with her McCarthyism.
But note the following list of clowns.
Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Frank Gaffney, Rep. Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert, CNN's Dana Loesch have all stepped up to defend Bachmann's McCarthyism.
Rush Limbaugh just loves himself a witch hunt.
Well recently, Michele Bachmann and other Republicans sent a letter to the State Department expressing concerns -- I'm really summarizing this part of it -- expressing concern over the presence of Huma Abedin, so close to the powers that be in our government. She's Hillary Clinton's, one of her top-level aides.
But Huma's mother is best friends with the wife of the new Muslim Brotherhood president Egypt. And there is essentially a Muslim sisterhood that she's a member of. And Huma's father was also likewise involved.
So Michele Bachmann and others have written a letter to the State Department wanting some clarification, wanting an investigation to find out if -- because the Muslim Brotherhood is not what they are portrayed to be, the Muslim Brotherhood is not the -- what's the best way to put this? They're not, you know, the good mafia. The Muslim Brotherhood is being portrayed as a bunch of secularists, mainstream, non-radical, and Andy says no they're not. They are right down the middle as radical as anybody else in Jihad. And so it's a legitimate request from Michele Bachmann.
Newt Gingrich tries to walk back her conspiracy theory trying to pretend she was only asking a question and not accusing Abedin and Ellison of sedition.
"There weren't allegations, there was a question," Gingrich told VandeHei and Allen, adding, "the question ought to be asked across the board" about the Muslim Brotherhood's relationship with and goals in the U.S. are.
When it was pointed out to him that other Republicans, such as Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner, have hit Bachmann for a form of a witch hunt, he said, "I think those folks are wrong...what is it they're afraid of learning?"
Gingrich wasn't speaking specifically about Abedin. But by demurring on that issue, he left it on the table.
Rep. Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert simply loses his s**t and calls McCain "numb nuts."
"Normally you don't go blast somebody on the floor who is a colleague on the same side of the aisle unless you touch base with them," Gohmert complained during an appearance on the Dennis Miller Show on Tuesday, referring to McCain's denunciation of the group's allegations as "nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack." The fiery Texan then launched into a personal attack against McCain, calling him "numb nuts" and suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood is now influencing him too:
- GOHMERT: Well, it's obvious that John McCain didn't even read the letter because of what he said in accusing Michele and us of making these horrible accusations. There were five letters and there were many things that are stated that are facts in each letter. And I wish some of these numb nuts would go out and read the letter before they make these horrible allegations about the horrible accusations we're making. But we also know that John McCain himself had said back in the early stages of stuff going on in Egypt that he was, in his words, "unalterably opposed to helping the Muslim Brotherhood." Well, obviously the unalterable person has been altered, so he is okay with it now.
John "Mustache Rides" Bolton wants to bomb Iran and loves himself any kind of Islamophobia. He's also a Romney advisor on the Middle East. He tries to walk back her accusations of sedition as merely asking questions.
Bolton has direct ties to the Romney campaign, serving as an unpaid adviser that regularly appears at campaign events stumping for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. "John Bolton insists on good results for America and is someone I respect," Romney said in December. "I think he's a fine man with great capacity."
On Gaffney's radio show today (Gaffney is the brains behind Bachmann's campaign), Bolton said Bachmann and some of her fellow Republicans are just asking questions, adding that he's "mystified" by the criticism Bachmann has received:
- BOLTON: What I think these members of Congress have done is simply raise the question, to a variety of inspectors general in key agencies, are your departments following their own security clearance guidelines, are they adhering to the standards that presumably everybody who seeks a security clearance should have to go through, are they making special exemptions? What is wrong with raising the question? Why is even asking whether we are living up to our standards a legitimate area of congressional oversight, why has that generated this criticism? I'm just mystified by it.
CNN's Dana Loesch tries to pretend that they were merely questions.
Looking especially at how some of our foreign policy has been handled, Hillary Clinton essentially siding with the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in Egypt, and then it was discovered that her top aide -- Huma Abedin -- is essentially a member of the female version of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Sisterhood. All of this -- it seems enough to me to pose questions as to why our government is becoming so close with a group that has been so hostile to the United States, has fought against the United States, has sided with terrorists, and is a very oppressive regime that believes in Sharia law.
Apparently so much as asking assurances from congress that individuals are vetted -- especially now that we're endorsing Egyptian candidates whose very party affiliation so appalled Senator John McCain just a year ago -- is forbidden. I'll repeat: there are people within the Republican party who feel that asking questions of Congress and the administration is forbidden. Any declaration on the character of any individuals named was the supposition of the media and people like McCain.
All that is situationally excusable with the emergence of Bachmann as a target. It's convenient. She's long been the bane of certain Republicans because her record, while not as distinguished or completely demonstrative of Article 1 Section 8, is more conservative than most, and she's resented for it. Resented -- and disliked because she can't be molded into submission.
America's foremost Islamophobic nutjob and Bachmann advisor Frank Gaffney leapt to her defense. By condemning Bachmann Republicans are condemning Gaffney as Bachmann is just pushing his conspiracy theory. So of course Gaffney vociferously defends Bachmann.
Fortunately, it turns out that as we confront our time's most imminent threat to freedom, we have found America's Iron Lady: Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Her Thatcheresque qualities are evident in the fearless and visionary leadership she is providing in opposing Shariah's most formidable champions, the Muslim Brotherhood.
At the moment, Mrs. Bachmann is not facing mere name-calling but outright character assassination. She has been singled out for special treatment despite the fact that she was one of five members of Congress (the others were Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Trent Franks of Arizona, Lynn A. Westmoreland of Georgia and Thomas J. Rooney of Florida) who had the temerity to send to the federal inspector general formal requests for investigations into Muslim Brotherhood influence operations inside our government. That's a threat every bit as dangerous as the communist subversion of a generation ago.
It is, of course, no accident that Mrs. Bachmann is being subjected to such vilification by the Islamists, their allies on the left and in the establishment media's amen chorus. As a principled, articulate and wildly popular Tea Party leader and conservative, she is a prime target for electoral defeat by her political foes. These include her fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Keith Ellison, the "first Muslim congressman," who launched the initial attack on our Iron Lady. More on him in a moment.
With respect to efforts to dismiss as dangerous or baseless concerns about a possible, far larger problem with individuals who have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood shaping U.S. policy toward that organization and enabling its rising power, what can one say? There is abundant evidence that indicates such concerns are warranted. Until the critics -- on Capitol Hill, in the media and elsewhere -- perform the sort of due diligence that has characterized the approach taken by Mrs. Bachmann and her colleagues, their authority on the matter must be questioned.