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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Claims Open Bitter Divide Among Fellow Republicans

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is creating a debate in her party over claims about an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

GOP leaders are sharply criticizing Representative Michele Bachmann for seeking an investigation into a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota and onetime presidential hopeful, and four GOP colleagues want federal security agencies to investigate possible infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the U.S. government. They say the organization has the mission of “destryoing Western civilization from within,” and say that three family members of long-time Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bachmann’s former campaign manager and long-time Republican operative Ed Rollins says the the charge against Abedin is “downright vicious, and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level.” Republicans like Senator John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner have jumped in to defend Abedin against the charges.

Abedin is an American-born, practicing Muslim of Indian and Pakistani descent.


  • Jonathan Allen, senior Washington correspondent for Politico

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  • Kathy

    This conversation should not exist. The only question about Ms. Bachman’s allegations is how a woman who is completely deranged and out of touch with reality can be elected to Congress and how the Republican Party can allow her access to powerful committees instead of sidelining her. This is a woman that needs psychological help and meds, not a serious discussion of her claims.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.palosi Ken Palosi

    What is scary about this situation is that Michelle Bachman has any support at all from the American populace. However considering the fractionalized voiceferous rabble that makes up the republican base explains a lot. The republican party using the campaign tatics of Karl Rove by appealing to every radical splinter group in the country gave rise to the Tea Party which is in reality a collection of every irrational misfit in American politics. Hopefully the stir created by Ms. Bachman’s accusations will shed a bright light on the tactics employed by republicans. As a side note I am not  a democrate. In reality I am an average American in that I am a disgruntled, discouraged, disillusioned, and discouraged voter.

  • Ewright

    Michelle Bachmann’s Claims = Joseph McCarthy!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IFX2S3QDJTM3XNGACHHEAYB4E John

    Bachmann accuses the Obama Administration of engaging with the Muslim Broherhood in Egypt? And she’s on the Foreign Relations Committee? Basic rule of diplomacy: engage with whoever is important or in power, whether you agree with them or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

    Comparing Michelle Bachmann to  Joe McCarthy isn’t fair… to McCarthy.

  • Harlan Dutton

    I think this would be a good time to ask some of the same questions about many of the others who are in these positions with congress and the White House.
    It would seem many of these people have duel-citizenships and could have some questionable elegentcies to the United States.
    It is time we had people in ALL government offices who pit America first – second and – third. They are elected to represent “we the people” not some foriegn country of organizations.
    Harlan Dutton — A proud American

  • Jrichardson24

    Michelle Bachman is American Taliban, plain and simple. She’s a nut of disastrous proportions.

  • Jrichardson24

    Here’s a woman who campaigned against goverment subsidies but accepted huge subsidies for her family farm. Another GOP hypocrit.

  • Simon Bradley

    It just seems that someone has been reading too many spy novels…

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  • BHA_in_Vermont

    Perhaps Ms. Bachmann should consider WORKING for the people who elected her rather than going on witch hunts to get attention.  She really should find a rock to hide under until people forget what a fool she continually proves herself to be. She might then have a chance at re-election.

    • J__o__h__n

      You overestimate the morons who elected her. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/nedra.schnooregan Nedra Schnoor-Egan

    Bachmann=FEARMONGER !!!!

  • Allenedmundson

    Robin, I think you have the Egyptian reaction to Clinton’s visit upside down.  The abuse came not from liberal Cairenes reacting to U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood, but represented the loathing all Egyptians are now free to express for a U.S. government which bankrolled the Mubarak dictatorship for four decades.  The U.S. paid $100 billion dollars for an Egyptian foreign policy which enraged the Egyptian population.   It’s past U.S. policies which drew the tomatoes, not the official U.S. acknowledgement of the Egyptian election.  Egyptians may also wonder about U.S. relations with the Egyptian military, which casts such a shadow over their elections.

  • Paul2Paul

    Find it in your heart to forgive Michele Bachmann. For Michelle Bachman is us and we are her. We create the reality we live. The society we live in is a product of our thoughts. We give rise and strength to the negativity about us by  how we react to it. We enhance it by retaliating against it. What is your anger to Michelle Bachmann telling you about yourself. Sometimes that which we see in others is a behavior we practice ourselves. Send kind thoughts to her. When we have a perception about someone or something , we ourselves are already prejudiced in our views and become no different than those who we mistrust. Change begins within ourselves. Practice forgiveness and love your enemies. If you want change, change yourself. If you want to change the political environment become active in it. If enough  people with compassion , love and understanding for their fellow beings become involved in the political spectrum than some of the mess we find ourselves as a community may be better. Send thoughts of love to yourself. And,then to Michelle and others  you have negative thoughts against. Say to yourself, (May I be happy, may I be well , may I be filled with kindness and peace);  to Michelle , ( May you be happy,may you be well, May you be filled with kindness and peace); And then toward others you have problems with. Repeat until you feel a sense of warmth and compassion for the person you are thinking of. We are all one . What we do to others we do do ourselves.

    • bass_voice_of_reason

      It is not a question of “forgiving” her.  It is a question of leaving her in a position of power in the government and letting her speak for us.  She is NOT us and we are NOT her.  She represents the lunatic fringe of a small party which many consider the lunatic fringe already.

      John McCain’s denunciation of her was the first example we have seen in years of the McCain we used to respect.  It should be made clear far and wide that she does NOT represent any significant portion of America.  We are not haters or cowards, and will not fall for the hate and fear she preaches.

      Only when the voters of her district realize what an embarrassment she is to THEM, can we hope to be rid of her.  THEN we can start thinking of “forgiving” her.

  • Rose

    This woman needs to be removed immediately from the intelligence committee.  She has access to information which a nut job has no right to learn.

  • Ron

    This is Michelle Bachmann’s doing and she should be held accountable in Congress, her state and her district. 
    The ever increasing noise from people that have agendas that are not representative of the American electorate or are demeaning to a whole race of people is spreading and  is becoming more threatening and dangerous.  From one of the candidates that the GOP offered up as a presidential candidate we get vicious, racist accusations about people working in the US government. . Michelle Bachmann and Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, notorious for describing abortion as having done more harm to blacks than slavery; Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, who described then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, as “uppity”; and Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, known for evidence-free rants about plots involving U.S. passport-bearing “terror babies,” born here and trained overseas to carry out attacks on America.are accusing  Rep.Ellison an elected member of Congress from Bachmann’s home state, and state department’s Huma  Abedin of being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.  There is no evidence for these accusations other than the fact that the two people are Muslim.  This group of legislators sent letters to government departments informing them that our government has been  infiltrated by the Brotherhood of Muslims.  Irresponsible accusations with no merit.
     Eric Cantor came to Bachmann’s defense. “I think that her concern was about the security of the country.” Who could fault her for that?
    Cantor’s words demonstrated the power of the conservative backlash against Bachmann’s critics. She is a joke in the Beltway, but she remains popular with the right-wing . She speaks for a section of the Republican Party, and the Tea Party, the Christian right, and conservative talk radio that are beyond the right fringe.  They’re dangerous and they’re threatening to anyone that does not agree with their thinking.
    Bachmann was defended by one of Mitt Romney’s most prominent foreign policy advisers, John Bolton. “What is wrong with raising the question? Why isn’t even asking whether we’re living up to our standards a legitimate level of congressional oversight?”  They are pointing fingers at individuals without merit or evidence.  We are moving in to deep and dangerous waters with this kind of thinking and behavior.  This is the time we have to stand up and say no more.
    This is another type of terrorism.  American created with a back story of the way we treated the Japanese in WWII and  McCarthyism;…innocent until proven guilty.   NO MORE.

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