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    Crazy Michele Bachmann blasted by her former campaign manager for vicious accusations

    Ed Rollins, who formerly served as Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, blasted the congresswoman today for “downright vicious” accusations against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Sen. Joe McCarthy level,” Rollins wrote in Fox News.

    Bachmann joined other conservatives in alleging that Abedin, who is also former congressman Anthony Weiner’s wife, took part in a conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate top reaches of the U.S. government.

    “As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better,” said Rollins. “Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard-working, loyal Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.”

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    Senator John McCain scolds Bachmann & other GOP members over vicious accusations

    Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Wednesday to defend a well-known aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against accusations by other Republicans that her family has ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

    McCain, R-Ariz., called the charges made by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and others against longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin "nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman." The State Department also commented on the matter Wednesday, calling the accusations "absolutely preposterous."

    Abedin is a Clinton family confidante and the wife of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned last year in disgrace following a sex-ting scandal.

    Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, along with four other Republicans, made the allegations against her in June letters to five national security agencies, demanding a probe over alleged "deep penetration" of the Muslim Brotherhood into the Obama administration.

    The allegations, which had not received much public attention until McCain's statement Wednesday, charged that Abedin's late father, mother and brother are tied to Brotherhood groups or operatives, and noted that Abedin has "routine access" to Clinton.

    Bachmann also followed up with a 16-page letter Wednesday to fellow Minnesota lawmaker, Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat, who had challenged her to substantiate the accusations. Bachmann wrote in the letter that Arab-language media have "widely" reported on her family's ties, and also cited a 2002 law review article that said Abedin's late father was the founder of an institute in Saudi Arabia that had "the quiet but active support" of an official with the Muslim World League. Bachmann wrote that the Muslim World League, in turn, has a "longtime history of being closely aligned" with the Brotherhood.

    "For us to raise issues about a highly-based U.S. government official with known immediate family connections to foreign extremist organizations is not a question of singling out Ms. Abedin. In fact, these questions are raised by the U.S. government of anyone seeking a security clearance," wrote Bachmann.
    "Given the reasonable assumption that Ms. Abedin has a high-level security clearance, as a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence I am particularly interested in exactly how, given what we know from the international media about Ms. Abedin's documented family connections with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, she was able to avoid being disqualified for a security clearance," she said.

    McCain publicly blasted the charges on Wednesday, saying Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Clinton, "represents what is best about America."

    "I know Huma to be an intelligent, upstanding, hard-working, and loyal servant of our country and our government, who has devoted countless days of her life to advancing the ideals of the nation she loves and looking after its most precious interests," McCain said. "I am proud to know Huma, and to call her my friend."

    As for the claims about Abedin's late father, McCain noted that he died two decades ago and that the congresswoman failed to provide "one instance of an action, decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government."

    "Our reputations, our character, are the only things we leave behind when we depart this earth, and unjust attacks that malign the good name of a decent and honorable person is not only wrong; it is contrary to everything we hold dear as Americans," he continued.

    Bachmann, meanwhile, responded Wednesday by saying that the letters written by her and her colleagues had been "distorted."

    "I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety," Bachmann said in a statement. "The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical groups' access to top Obama administration officials." She made no mention of Abedin.

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    Nice to see some Republicans calling this crazy woman out. Unfortunately, neither McCain nor Rollins asks the bigger question, "Why isn't Bachmann in a padded cell where she belongs?"
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    Many of my friends & relatives living in Minnesota are telling me that they're getting fed up (and embarrassed) with her nutty act over there & they're telling me there's a good chance she won't win her next election, barely winning the last one. They're Republicans themselves & are fed up at what's going on with their party. They tell me that Ronald Reagan & George Bush Sr. wouldn't even have stood a chance to get the GOP nomination today. One of my relatives often tells me: "My boy, i've been telling these folks around these parts that it's time that we take our party back." I chuckle & reply that re-electing a crazy woman like Michele Bachmann isn't a good start, and all i get are a few swear words from them. lol

    By the way, Rumples, any news on Mitt Romney coming clean with his taxes? Word i have is that he's stalling because there have been years where he didn't pay any taxes. I've heard other rumors, of course, which just might kill his bid at the Presidency if they turn out to be true.

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    Where there is smoke there is fire. You can bet he is not releasing the tax returns because they are very harmful to his presidential bid and by NOT paying any taxes for several years will be revealed to be the elitist we all know him to be. The fucking Tea Party has taken control of the GOP and until the moderates stand up and comfront them, divisive politics will continue to rule. I'm highly disappointed by Obama's naive approach to foreign policy and the Chicago group who advises him but given the alternative what choice is there?

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    bachmann is not only incredibly stupid (as we already knew) but as it turns out potentially dangerous. amazing that there are so few reasonable republicans left

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    Hey all,

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    Ed Rollins, who formerly served as Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, blasted the congresswoman today for “downright vicious” accusations against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    You should...apologize
    Isn't it ugly when some rabid gunslinger hurls vicious irrational and ignorant libel for self-promotion and to ingratiate him/herself with other vicious rabid idiots.

    Quote Originally Posted by pyjama guy View Post
    The fucking Tea Party has taken control of the GOP and until the moderates stand up and comfront them, divisive politics will continue to rule. I'm highly disappointed by Obama's naive approach to foreign policy and the Chicago group who advises him but given the alternative what choice is there?
    It's been this way since at least 1980 when the Christian Right became the key motivational force of the party. The only difference now is it's mostly the same ilk, but this time with a more secularized brand of extremism and emotionalism for broader appeal without the religious prerequisites or exclusivism.

    The Republican Party made a Faustian deal back in the 80s to regain Congressional control they hadn't had since the 50s by making hyper-partisanship the face of the party. The consequences are that the old Conservatives and Moderates who had some scruples for negotiation and statesmanship back then are now beholden to and largely controlled by highly polarizing extremists many more rational party members can't separate from without rupturing the party itself and crippling the party's position.

    It's a good sign that old guard Conservatives like Ed Rollins are publicly standing up against rabid political trolls like Bachman, but until some/all of the key elected Republican leaders do the same...CONSISTENTLY...it still amounts to a superficial show of obligatory outrage to sooth the public rather than a solid stance by accountable elected party members that MIGHT be meaningful if it signaled a party return to real rationality and statesmanship.

    And, to the expected reactionary posts bound to make accusations of bias, yes, the Democrats have some of the same extremist types at the Liberal end of the political spectrum. Both parties need to return to statesmanship.

    Quote Originally Posted by pyjama guy View Post
    Where there is smoke there is fire. You can bet he is not releasing the tax returns because they are very harmful to his presidential bid and by NOT paying any taxes for several years will be revealed to be the elitist we all know him to be.
    Which would probably make him a Tea Party hero, but ruin him otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    By the way, Rumples, any news on Mitt Romney coming clean with his taxes? Word i have is that he's stalling because there have been years where he didn't pay any taxes. I've heard other rumors, of course, which just might kill his bid at the Presidency if they turn out to be true.
    That's exactly what I've heard rumoured. Can you imagine what would happen to his chances if it came out that he paid no taxes in 2008 and 2009?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gll View Post
    amazing that there are so few reasonable republicans left
    Actually, there are many reasonable Republicans left. I'd even say that the majority of Republicans are decent, very reasonable people. However, they all part of the silent majority & are not as loud, nor visible as the nutty right-wing minority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    Actually, there are many reasonable Republicans left. I'd even say that the majority of Republicans are decent, very reasonable people. However, they all part of the silent majority & are not as loud, nor visible as the nutty right-wing minority.
    and you should add unelectable. a rockefeller republican (or a close facsimile) has a snowball's chance in hell of making it through a republican primary

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    gll, democrats aren't that much better. They're all the same shit. Money, Power, and Respect is what they believe in. They are in power only to protect the elite and to deceive the poor. The inner cities of America have seen no change under Obama.

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    some of that may be true but it appears that the republicans are more likely to favor the quick buck over the long-term good. i am tired of hearing the republicans bash the epa. the epa is the only reason that we have cleaner water and air today than 40 years ago- it sure as hell is not because of the benevolence of corporate america. yet, the same republicans that want to get rid of the epa say they want to cut government spending so they don't leave a deficit for their children. horseshit, they want to cut government spending and lift environmental restrictions so that they have more money in their pocket. if our children dont have clean water to drink and air to breath, it will not matter if there is a deficit or not.

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    gll, I understand what you're saying and you are right, but at the same time you are only looking at the small picture, if you look at the bigger picture you'll realize that both parties are the same bullshit, controlled by the same powerful corporations and families( Rockefeller, etc). It's all about who has more money, whoever has the most money will call the shots, everything else is just a hollywood show. Like I said, ask the people living in the inner cities or go to the Eastern part of this globe and ask them what American democracy means for them. It's a dirty world and the elite control it. Keep in mind that America was in a recession when it attacked Afganistan. The war has cost them trillions of dollars, not billions but trillions of dollars and continues to do so. Clearly the war was not in the best interest of the American people, who are struggling to make ends meet, but the war was in the best interest of the elite. Don't be fooled, these politics don't care about our interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemaker View Post
    Clearly the war was not in the best interest of the American people, who are struggling to make ends meet, but the war was in the best interest of the elite. Don't be fooled, these politics don't care about our interest.
    LM, i wasn't aware that you were American.

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    Now it's Boehner's turn to slam Crazy Michele

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner called dangerous Thursday a request from members of his own party in Congress to investigate Muslim infiltration in the U.S. government.

    Admitting he had not read a letter requesting the investigation, Boehner said "I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous."

    Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, along with four other Republican members of Congress, formally requested in June that various federal agencies investigate whether the American government has been infiltrated by Muslim extremists.

    Among the issues they raise is a claim that long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, has three family members connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and is at risk of being influenced by her family members. The members of Congress want to know how she holds a high level security clearance.

    On Thursday, Boehner said he did not know Abedin, but that "everything I do know of her she has a sterling character."

    Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain made a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday criticizing the call for an investigation and defending Abedin.

    "These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant," McCain said.

    "When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it," he added.

    State Department spokesman Phillipe Reines called the accusations "nothing but vicious and disgusting lies," in a statement to CNN.

    Bachmann, who refused to answer questions from CNN about the letter on Wednesday, said in a statement that her and her colleagues' request was being "distorted."

    "I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety," Bachmann wrote. "The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group's access to top Obama administration officials."

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...tty-dangerous/

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