Latest to rip Bachmann: Her former presidential campaign manager

Rep. Michele Bachmann

The latest prominent Republican figure to blast Michele Bachmann for her “Muslim-Brother-penetrating-the-U.S.-government” statements is Ed Rollins, a long-time Repub political operative who, coincidentaly or not, served for a while as Bachmann’s campaign manager during her campaign for the Repub presidential nomination.

“Shame on you, Michele,” Rollins wrote on the website of Fox News, a network that Bachmann has treated as a home away from home.

“You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton and to the millions of hard working,loyal, Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges,:” Rollins wrote. “As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.”

Abedin is the top aide to Clinton whom Bachmann has suggested should not have security clearance to hold her position because of a connection that Abedin’s long-dead father had to an organization that had a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

Bachmann’s Minnesota colleague in the House, Keith Ellison of Minneapolis, had taken the lead earlier in rejecting Bachmann’s allegations, and given the partisan and ideological distance between them, his comments seemed to attract less attention.

But yesterday, Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and former presidential nominee praised Abedin and denounced Bachmann (without mentioning her name) on the Senate floor. That raised the profile of the case. Earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner did the same to the media. Now Rollins.

I’m not really sure why this case is being treated so differently from Bachmann’s other departures from caution and factuality, but something is going on.

On the lighter side, satirist Andy Borowitz got into the act.

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Comments (16)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/19/2012 - 05:49 pm.

    It is because . . . .

    just like the witch hunts of the McCarthy era, this has the potential to do some real damage to people’s livelihoods, reputations, and very existence. There were people who – when caught in the “no right answer” net of the the McCarthy interrogations – took the only way out their desperate minds could come up with. And may they rest in peace.

    This cannot be allowed to happen again.

  2. Submitted by Jim Bernstein on 07/19/2012 - 05:59 pm.

    “. . . but something is going on.”

    Could it be that Republicans have ffinally grown weary of her ranting and raving and they have decided that she is a liability and no longer an asset? For several years, it was pretty clear that Ms. Bachmann was useful as a connection to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party but lately, after her frequent whoppers that doomed her presidential bid, her latest conspiracy theories are just too far out of right field and she has fallen completely out of favor with Republican leadership. I hope so.

  3. Submitted by Diane Nelson on 07/19/2012 - 07:14 pm.

    I’m wondering…

    …if she’ll likewise demand the same type of investigation into the grandfatherly connection Scalia has with the American Fascism Party in New York…cuz then I’d believe she has true concern for nefarious “infiltrators” in the U.S. government.

  4. Submitted by rolf westgard on 07/19/2012 - 08:52 pm.

    It’s because

    she is simply incompetent. She tried to write a nonsense piece on oil production which the Star Trib printed. I took it apart line by line, also in the Star Trib.

  5. Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/20/2012 - 06:45 am.

    Here’s her letter to Rep. Ellison.

  6. Submitted by Leonard Foonimin on 07/20/2012 - 08:35 am.

    Its a Puzzelment …

    “Bachmann sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.” … is this irony or an oxymoron?

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/20/2012 - 09:23 am.

      Bachmann is not stupid!

      She has the nefarious kind of intelligence necessary to manipulate the gullible (as well as the lack of morals necessary to do that). She is not a politician as much as she is a cult-leader.

  7. Submitted by Pat McGee on 07/20/2012 - 09:07 am.

    Google ties Bachmann to Muslim Brotherhood

    Google Bachmann Muslim Brotherhood and you get 1,320,000 results. The “evidence” is overwhelming that she is closely tied with and aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The only thing more frightening than Bachmann is the people who believe her.

  8. Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 07/20/2012 - 10:46 am.

    Why Republicans are now speaking up?

    Some, like McCain, still have principles.

    Others, like Boehner, found her rantings tactically useful for a while. Or perhaps felt too powerless to speak up. But now, in her attempts to stay in the news, she’s becoming a political liability.

    This is tracking the rise and fall of Joe McCarthy. Then it was a republican president (Eisenhower) who finally put an end to it. (Whether it was for pure principles or that McCarthy was now impugning the US Army is a question for debate.)

  9. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/20/2012 - 12:07 pm.


    is ripped? 😉

  10. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 07/20/2012 - 05:51 pm.


    Michelle Bachmann is the Biblical example of the Peter Principal.

  11. Submitted by TeaParty ImmigrationCoalition on 07/21/2012 - 10:37 am.

    Bachmann shows courage

    Michelle Bachmann has demonstrated resolve, courage and intelligence. She is a valued member of the House Intellgence Committee. She now has raised questions that need to be answered.
    1.Does the fact that Abedin’s family association with the Muslim Brotherhood impact Abedin’s advice? In other words, what kind of government secrets could be forced from Abedin by the Muslim Brotherhood’s coercion of her family members?
    2. What pressure could the MB put on her via her family?
    3. What is the relationship of Abedin to her family?
    4.What access to which sensitive material does Abedin have?
    5.What protocols are in place to insure that someone with Abedin’s family structure and associations are effective in preventing Abedin from suffering pressure from her family to subvert the interests of the United States?
    6.Why do establishment, RINO types attempt to destroy a colleague?
    7.Should we ever have someone in a sensitive position that COULD BE subject to such pressures?
    8. Would we be better served if such people with such family members be relegated to lower, non sensitive duties?
    9. What purpose is served by having someone with these potential risks? That is, why do the establishment feel it is absolutely necessary for someone like Abedin to be there? Is there a larger agenda?
    I for one think that Ms Bachmann is a patriot for taking the risk she has in raising this issue in her campaign. She undoubtedly knew there were people who were protecting Ms Abedin. She obviously did not know the length and breadth of their perfidy, which , in itself, is a very interesting line of inquiry.
    We applaud Ms Bachmann for yet again displaying resolve, courage and intelligence.

  12. Submitted by David Bly on 07/22/2012 - 01:26 pm.

    Bachman’s sources

    If Ms Bachmann’s source for her linking Ms Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood, shouldn’t we ask her why she is not mentioning Grover Norquist and shouldn’t reporters be asking if Norquist’s pledge is really part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy. Frank Gaffney:

    Key Findings The Muslim Brotherhood…a course in 10 parts presented by Frank Gaffney

    This Course draws exclusively upon information in the public domain and that obtained from first-hand accounts. There is, assuredly, considerably more information that would be helpful to making to a full threat assessment. The findings below, based solely on what is currently available, should prompt those with access to classified information, subpoena power and other investigative tools to bring them to bear urgently for that purpose.

    Shariah is a totalitarian, brutally repressive and supremacist doctrine. Its adherents – notably, the Muslim Brotherhood – seek to bring it here.

    Shariah is principally about power, not faith. Accordingly, acting to realize its political end of overthrowing the U.S. government is seditious and must be prosecuted, not treated as protected religious practice.

    The Brotherhood is not a non-violent group. Rather, in most countries where it operates including the United States, it is in a pre-violent phase.

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic plan, the group’s mission in America is a “civilization-jihadist process…a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” by our hands.

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s civilization jihad is being pursued through stealthy means involving the penetration and subversion of this country’s civil society and governing institutions. Presidencies of both parties have been compromised in this way.

    One determinant of the success of such a stealthy, pre-violent jihad is what the military calls “information dominance.” If the Muslim Brotherhood can exercise it, we can be kept ignorant of the true nature of the threat they pose – and the progress they are making in bringing shariah to America. That has been substantially the case over the past ten years and increasingly of late.

    The Muslim Brotherhood was helped in its efforts to achieve information dominance over the George W. Bush administration, thanks to collaboration between a top Muslim Brotherhood operative, Abdurahman Alamoudi, and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.

    In addition to al Qaeda financier Alamoudi, Norquist helped mainstream in the Bush campaign and/or administration five other Muslims with extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. They were: the Islamic Free Market Institute’s Khalid Saffuri, CAIR’s Nihad Awad, Palestinian Jihad’s Sami al-Arian, the Fiqh Council’s Muzzamil Siddiqi and Suhail Khan, a former staffer for Rep. Tom Campbell of California.

    In his capacity as the de facto Muslim gatekeeper in the Office of Public Liaison under senior Bush advisor Karl Rove, and then as an assistant in the personal office of the Secretary of Transportation, Khan had, at a minimum, an opportunity to facilitate the penetration of other Islamists.

    Both during and after the Bush administration, Norquist has used various organizations to promote Islamist agendas. These have included Red-Green coalitions made up of radical and other leftists and Muslim Brotherhood front groups with whom they routinely make common cause, to the detriment of U.S. security, constitutional freedoms and other interests.

    Norquist has worked for years to “create relations with top political leaders and Muslims.” Of late, that has included running such Muslims for elective office as Republicans. Three of his protégés – Kamal Nawash, Faisal Gill and Imad “David” Ramadan – have met with mixed results in their runs for state legislative seats in Virginia thanks to troubling questions about their backgrounds and associations.

    Norquist continues to support Islamist agenda items and to work to counter initiatives opposed by the Brothers. In the process, he has collaborated with radical leftists and Islamists in Red-Green Coalitions, the latter include Iranian influence operations.

    The precedents, personnel and policies promoted by Norquist and his friends during the George W. Bush administration have metastasized dramatically under that of President Obama.

    Notably, six Islamist-sympathizers have achieved positions within or advisory roles serving Team Obama: Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussein; Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Huma Abedein; Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed; FBI Citizens Academy graduate Kifah Mustafa; Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member Mohamed Elibiary and Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member Mohamed Magid.

    The conduct of seven key federal agencies suggests the considerable success of the Muslim Brotherhood in destroying us from within by our own hands – starting with the policies and directives emanating from the Oval Office and elsewhere in the White House complex, and including the priorities and activities of: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Departments of State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security and even NASA.

    There are myriad steps Americans can – and must – take to counter this civilization jihad. Some can be undertaken as individuals; some through organized efforts; and others as a nation.

    In light of these findings, there is an urgent need for rigorous congressional oversight and investigations aimed at exposing the extent of the civilization jihad – and the need for corrective action aimed at countering it, particularly by federal authorities. Such legislative branch initiatives should be accompanied by corresponding actions initiated by Inspectors General and, as appropriate, law enforcement.

    “Frank Gaffney’s Latest Boogeyman Inspired Bachmann’s Witch Hunt”

    By Matt Duss on Jul 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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