Then last month, Bachmann put Huma Abedin on her anti-American hit list. In a letter co-signed by four other House Republicans, Bachmann accused Abedin, an U.S.-born Muslim who is the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with having close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a global Islamist organization. That unsupported claim has been rejected by three prominent GOP members— House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
Boehner called Bachmann’s attack on Abedin “dangerous.” McCain said it was “sinister.” While Bachmann hasn’t answered her GOP critics, she lashed out at Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., after he asked for her evidence of Abedin’s disloyalty. Bachmann responded by charging that Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, also has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, has relied on little more than her own conjecture, not information gathered by the intelligence agencies she oversees, to make her case against Abedin and Ellison. That her claims against the two Democrats have gotten virtually no traction among her Republican colleagues shows just how close Bachmann is to tumbling into the political abyss that swallowed up Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin Republican who created a “Red Scare” in the 1950s with his baseless claims of communist infiltration of the U.S. government.
I would ask if, at long last, she has no shame, but I think we all know the answer to that already.