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Michele Bachmann
Bachmannism: Like McCarthyism, but much stupider.
(Gage Skidmore)
Well, it seems no matter how far the GOP has fallen, Michele Bachmann's efforts at resurrecting McCarthyism are still enough to make them cringe. Bachmann has been going around muttering about how Hillary Clinton's Dep. Chief of Staff Huma Abedin is probably in league with Muslim extremists. This is a bit much for even John Boehner:
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.
But have no fear, it's not like he's talking about actually chastising Bachmann or anything.

John McCain was a bit more forceful, but that's because he has filled his yearly maverick quota, which consists of saying one bad thing about one Republican per year:

"These allegations about Huma and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant," McCain said in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday morning.
Scott Brown even took time away from praising local sports franchises in order to blast Bachmann, tweeting:
Rep. Bachmann’s accusations about Sec. Clinton aide Huma Abedin are out-of-line. This kind of rhetoric has no place in our public discourse
And it's on Twitter, so you know it's a big deal.

No word so far on Bachmann backing down from her crackpot conspiracy theories, but I would like to point out: Michele Bachmann was, for a long time, actually considered a serious presidential candidate. Can you freaking imagine?

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