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Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:51 PM

Dem. Ellison and Rep.McCain denounce Michelle Bachmann's witch-hunt for Muslims in U.S. gov't

Democrat Keith Ellison fired back today at his fellow Minnesota lawmaker, Republican Michele Bachmann, with a letter excoriating her for failing to provide evidence to support her witch-hunt against Muslims in the U.S. Government. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain became the first Republican to speak out against Bachmann’s McCarthyite campaign, delivering a bold and moving floor speech on her “specious” charges.

Ellison had earlier requested documentation to support Bachmann’s claim that there is “deep penetration” of Muslim Brotherhood agents into national security agencies, but he wrote today, “A careful review of your 16-page response reveals that you fail to provide any credible evidence for your claims, engage in guilt by association, and continue to rely on discredited sources.” Bachmann’s lengthy missive, sent last Friday, “simply rehashes claims that have existed for years on anti-Muslim websites,” he wrote.

Bachmann had targeted by name Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Ellison notes, “you provide absolutely no information about Ms. Abedin herself” and “fail to explain your claims regarding Ms. Abedin’s mother and brother,” whom Bachmann had also implicated without explanation. Indeed, the allegations against Abedin are wildly tangential, at best.

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Meanwhile, across the Capitol, McCain said from the floor, “To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it … It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”

more;http://www.salon.com/2012/07/18/bachmann_under_fire/

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Reply Dem. Ellison and Rep.McCain denounce Michelle Bachmann's witch-hunt for Muslims in U.S. gov't (Original post)
maddezmom Jul 2012 OP
pinboy3niner Jul 2012 #1
Skittles Jul 2012 #8
tblue37 Jul 2012 #12
Scurrilous Jul 2012 #2
JustAnotherGen Jul 2012 #3
HooptieWagon Jul 2012 #4
BumRushDaShow Jul 2012 #5
no_hypocrisy Jul 2012 #6
barbtries Jul 2012 #7
sinkingfeeling Jul 2012 #9
obamanut2012 Jul 2012 #10
hifiguy Jul 2012 #11
GoCubsGo Jul 2012 #13
ljm2002 Jul 2012 #14
Douglas Carpenter Jul 2012 #15
Lifelong Protester Jul 2012 #16

Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:56 PM

1. A polite way of saying Bachmann is batshit-crazy

And we don't need a return to McCarthyism.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:26 PM

8. CORRECT

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 05:28 PM

12. Don't forget--a few years ago Ann Coulter

led the charge in an attempt to rehabilitate McCarthy as a "patriotic" Republican hero. McCarthyism is in the bloodstream of this Republican Party, and they desperately want to be free to let it out in all its glory.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:56 PM

2. Good on them!

K & R

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:56 PM

3. Yet

Her district will send her back again - because that is where their heart are at. She's the symptom- her consituents that voted for her are the disease/problem.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:57 PM

4. Theres a lot of money to be made in fleecing the gullible with demagogery...

No wonder the Texas GOP wants to pass a bill banning the teaching of critical thinking.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 01:57 PM

5. BachKKKman should be sued for slander.

Seriously. Maybe that will wake her ass up.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:02 PM

6. I'm kinda proud of John McCain for stepping up.

I didn't see this one coming.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:03 PM

7. good for mccain

he must be remembering what honorable means.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:30 PM

9. Could the good people of Minnesota vote her out of office soon?

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:30 PM

10. I didn't realize she was targeting Huma Abedin!

Good grief, she's American and her parents are preppy Ivy leaguers.

Tailgunner Shelly.

Good for McCain -- more GOPers need to publicly denounce her, too.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 02:49 PM

11. Bachmann belongs in a nice quiet place where

the nuts hunt the squirrels.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 05:32 PM

13. One would hope her constituents have finally figured that out, too.

I'm not holding my breath on that one, however. Given the number of times they have returned this whacko to office, that nice quite place needs to be a really roomy place, to boot.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 06:10 PM

14. Thanks to both of them...

...Ellison is expected, of course; McCain is more surprising but not completely -- he does have an adopted Pakistani child. I'm glad they both went on the record against Bachman's xenophobic craziness.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 06:33 PM

15. to give credit where credit is do Sen. McCain really showed some integrity here

of course Rep Keith Ellison is doing the honorable thing too.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 19, 2012, 09:11 AM

16. If there are any "elder" statesmen or stateswomen left

in that party, NOW is the time for them to start stepping up to the plate and decrying some of this racist and xenophobic crap that now seems to be the trademark of the republicans.

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