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Is it possible that Michele Bachmann has finally gone too far even for many of her fellow Republicans to tolerate?  Yesterday, it was John McCain taking to the floor of the Senate to denounce her for the Islamophobic conspiracy theories she's been pedaling, among other things accusing Hilary Clinton aide Huma Aberdin of being a moll for the Muslim Brotherhood.  She even went to far as to send a letter with four of her colleagues to the State department demanding an investigation.

One of the real-world, unintended consequences of all this unhinged talk is that mobs in Egypt, citing Bachmann as one of their sources, pelted Clinton's motorcade in retaliation for what they believe is the US's role in securing a victory for the Muslim Brotherhood in the recent election.

Apparently, this was a bridge too far even for some of Bachmann's Congressional colleagues.

From Think Progress

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has joined a growing list of Republicans in condemning Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) unsubstantiated Islamophobic attacks against top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
When asked about the letter specifically, Boehner responded:
I haven’t seen the letter, but — I don’t know Huma, but from everything I do know of her, she has a sterling character. And I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.
Boehner is not alone in his criticism of Bachmann:
Appearing on NPR, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined the growing chorus of Republicans to distance themselves from Bachmann’s Islamopbic with-hunt. Salon reports that Rubio said:

I can tell you that I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter. And in fact, I’m very very careful and cautious about ever making accusations like that about anyone.

Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald also noted that Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) said on Twitter that Bachmann’s accusations were “out-of-line” and have “no place in our public discourse.”

It's nice to see these individuals taking a principled stand on this issue.  But, let's face it.  The party they belong to has gone off the deep-end, yet the leaders enable the wackos to wield far too much influence because they fear the backlash from the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks of the world if they don't.  Much as Brown, Boehner, McCain and Rubio may want to bring sanity to their party on this particular issue at least, they are finding themselves subsumed by the very beast they helped to create.  

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  •  Boehner has a monicum of decency? (3+ / 0-)
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    la urracca, pittie70, llywrch

    Who knew? Bet he had to pull it out of the shoe box, wrapped in an old rag, stuffed in up a chimney in a unused room of a basement. That he'd go to such lengths to find it (it was almost new, hardly ever been used) tells you just how whack-a-doodle Bachmann is. And to think, for a week or so she was the frontrunner in the GOP primary. That's today's GOP for you.

    Many people thought Bush was "the kind of guy you wanted to have a beer with". People are beginning to realize that Romney is "the kind of guy you want to pour a beer on".

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 10:24:48 AM PDT

  •  Teh crazy runs deep in the GOP. (2+ / 0-)
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    la urracca, Smoh
  •  Recovering consciences or CYA? (1+ / 0-)
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    While I applaud the Republicans who are distancing themselves from Bachmann (for this act, alone), I have to wonder what their motives are.

    Bachmann not only slandered (or libelled) a member of the Secretary of State's staff, she has demanded an investigation on her baseless vapors. How close is this to harassment, and it looks like it may have crossed the line a few times.

    Bachmann's detractors could be trying to tamp things down or cya so that they're not caught up in the backwash. Or they're sick and tired of the motheaten shrew who makes Dan Quayle look like a genius, and are using this diatribe to kick her to the curb.

    If so, for this one thing, I hope they succeed.

    •  Issa cries in his beer. Boehner and the leadership (1+ / 0-)
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      have to rein in teh crazy before the convention and the election....otherwise the party will look like a dysfunctional clusterfuck....well....even more like a dysfunctional clusterfuck.

  •  I think this is a step up for Bachmann. (1+ / 0-)
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    She does have one fact right this time - Huma Aberdin is a Muslim.  Athat's above the usual Bchmann standard.

    It's nice that all of these Republicans are moving away from her, but this is hardly a new level of crazy.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 10:59:50 AM PDT

  •  Bullcrap. It's CYA plain and simple. (2+ / 0-)
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    MRA NY, Smoh

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:02:23 AM PDT

  •  Bachmann, Westmoreland & Rooney...... (2+ / 0-)
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    MRA NY, Smoh

    all sit on the House Intelligence Committee.  They along w/ two other Republicans (Trent Franks & Louie Gohmert) have a part in the attack on Hillary Clinton's motorcade in Egypt the other day.

    Bachmann's claims, Glenn Beck's show & the Center for Security Policy (Frank Gaffney) have been mentioned by Egyptian protestors as sources for their anger at the United States over the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Bachmann is irresponsible & her wild accusations have now put our SOS in a threatening position.  This woman & her cronies should be censured on the floor of the House.  Her position on the Committee should be reviewed.  

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