Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyism?

Geez, poor Huma Abedin. She has to bear the burden of being married to Anthony Weiner  — and now this. Anyone who has ever worked with Abedin (as I have) knows she is an extraordinarily loyal, honest, and capable public servant.

But Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) keeps drinking the Kool-aid of conspiracy theorists. And now she alleges that Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s devoted aide for many years, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore Bachmann says Abedin’s loyalty is in question.

It’s pathetic. Perhaps Bachmann really believes this stuff. More likely she misses the limelight she had when she was running for president. Like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who keeps whipping up the birther issue in the absence of anything else to call a press conference for, Bachmann is struggling for relevance in a political world where she has very little left. And this latest salvo calls her credibility into question once again, as she did when caught mangling the facts on health care and taxes when talking with Piers Morgan [link] recently.

It takes a lot to tip John McCain over the edge to speak on behalf of a Democrat. Members of his party would be well-served to listen to him. Bachmann’s unsubstantiated allegations are McCarthyism at its gutter level worst.

An excerpt from this article ran in the Politico Arena. Here is a link to my response to the Arena question.

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyism?

  1. McCain’s defense of Ms. Abedin was absolutely beautiful, but I fear it doesn’t matter in the long run. It’s becoming increasingly clear that facts shan’t stand in the way of blatant racism and fearmongering by the GOP majority. Case and point, House Republicans voting to repeal Obamacare while killing the amendment that would take away their cushy fully government-paid healthcare. It’s clear that what’s theirs is theirs and what’s ours is theirs. The only remedy is to vote out the extremists come November. I dream of the day where I will see a cordial dialogue amongst our elected leaders. I’m sick of hearing the lies and seeing such hateful disrespect.

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