Recently, Rep. Michele Bachmann has been attempting to play the McCarthy card, probably for much the same reason that “Tailgunner Joe” did back in the 1950s. But while McCarthy whipped up a Red Menance, Bachmann is worried about “deep penetration” of the US Government by Muslims.
McCarthy claimed to have a list of 205 suspected communists. Bachmann seems to have just one possible radical Muslim plant: Huma Abedin, an aid to Hillary Clinton. Here’s Alex Seitz-Wald on the insane troll logic behind this accusation:
As evidence, she pointed to Abedin’s late father, Professor Syed Z. Abedin, and a 2002 Brigham Young University Law Review article about his work. Bachmann points to a passage saying Abedin founded an organization that received the “quiet but active support” of the the former director of the Muslim World League, an international NGO that was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe in the 1970s through 1990s. So, to connect Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood, you have to go through her dead father, to the organization he founded, to a man who allegedly supported it, to the organization that man used to lead, to Europe in the 1970s and 1990s, and finally to the Brotherhood.
Add your own Kevin Bacon joke here.
To their credit, many high profile Republicans have spoken out against this, including John Boehner and John McCain. But so far Bachmann has shown no signs of backing down, and she has the Tea Party behind her. Just recently, when McCain called Bachmann’s allegations, “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman,” one Tea Party leader began calling for his ouster. From HuffPo:
Wes Harris, the founder and chairman of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, now says McCain’s words have given him grounds to mount an effort to unseat the longtime senator.
In an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Harris called McCain an “embarrassment,” before laying out a variety of unapologetic anti-Islamic sentiments.
“Go to hell, Senator, it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap,” Harris concludes.
Stay classy there, Mr. Harris.
But it’s not just the Tea Party wackos. Recently, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert lashed out at McCain, accusing him of not understanding an accusing letter written by Bachmann:
“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,” Gohmert told conservative radio host Dennis Miller on Tuesday.
“And I wish some of these numbnuts would go out and read the letter before they make these horrible allegations about the horrible accusations we’re making.”
He added: “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 OK with it now.”
Bachmann may be the catalyst for the continuing breakdown of the GOP. I have a great deal of sympathy for Huma Adebine, who has recently been placed under guard, but it is still fascinating to watch.