The Establishment Wars Against Another Tea Party Leader

With growing dismay, I’ve read a number of recent press reports on the increasingly vicious bipartisan attack on Representative Michele Bachmann.  What on earth did she do?  Rep. Bachmann (and a few of her colleagues, including my friend, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas) had the audacity to request a federal investigation into “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the United States Government.”

What prompted Rep. Bachmann to ask for this?  Nothing less than evidence from a myriad of FBI reports and federal court cases identifying a number of Muslim Brotherhood front groups, some of which are currently advising departments and agencies of the federal government.

In her investigation request, Rep. Bachmann also noted that Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had close family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.  This spawned a sharp reaction from Senator John McCain, calling the linkage “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman.”  The State Department also joined in, stating that Ms. Bachmann’s allegations were “absolutely preposterous.”

But the worst was leveled by her former campaign chief, Ed Rollins, yesterday:

I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.

Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.

And then this below-the-belt hit:

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy  level.

So what exactly did Rep. Bachmann say that was so injurious?  Here it is in her own words:

The Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and /or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making.

Although she never accused Abedin of being a Muslim Brotherhood loyalist herself, Ms. Bachmann stated later that the

concerns about the foreign influence of immediate family members is such a concern to the U.S. Government that it includes these factors as potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance, which undoubtedly Ms. Abedin has had to obtain to function in her position.

For us to raise issues about a highly-based U.S. Government official with known immediate family connections to foreign extremist organizations is not a question of singling out Ms. Abedin.  In fact, these questions are raised by the U.S. Government of anyone seeking a security clearance.

Given the reasonable assumption that Ms. Abedin has a high-level security clearance, as a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence I am particularly interested in exactly how, given what we know from the international media about Ms. Abedin’s documented family connections with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, she was able to avoid being disqualified for a security clearance. If these known and documented family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood would not disqualify someone for a security clearance, what specifically is the standard to be disqualified on foreign influence grounds?

Nothing factually inaccurate there.  Of course, none of her detractors bother with that; they deal in hyperbole, hoping to shoot the messenger with the now-politically routine ad hominem attack.  Fortunately, their over-the-top efforts seem to have backfired, giving Congresswoman Bachmann a new platform to address the increasing risk of Islamic fanaticism in the U.S.

Please join her in this effort.  And if you have the resources, send a donation her way.  After all, I suspect that what this “outrage” is really about is this:  the Establishment wants to remove a troublesome Tea Party leader from the U.S. House of Representatives.  As recent elections have shown, they’d much rather seat a liberal Democrat (or RINO) who loves big government than a committed constitutionalist who stands by the principles of our Founders.


Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

  • gadsdengurl

    We are that point where we are suspect for merely asking questions. After watching some of the Tweets from our own @statedept I’m convinced that they, as well as our military. are infiltrated and working hand in hand with the UN to destroy our sovereignty. Communism is well-entrenched in this country whether it be the Brotherhood, the Fabian Socialists, or whatever.

  • The only “dismay” is that there is any dismay.

    The democrats will use ANY opportunity to create lies and distortions about ANY opposition, not just from Tea Party Leaders.

    These people are shamelessly deceitful and have been for many years, ramped up by the current lover of the muslim-sisterhood leader’s daughter, namely the most despicable, politically-corrupt hillary clinton.

    Thank goodness for Michelle and anyone else who has the guts to speak out against what we all know is happening to our country.

    • A Proud American

      I agree. John McCain, John Boehner (cry baby), Ed Rollins, and any other Republican trying to make Michelle Bachmann look bad over her true remarks about Huma Abedin should immediately “shut up” and keep their bias remarks to themselves. Someone has to alert our country of “the enemy within” and Michelle is a good one to do this. Obama and Hillary Clinton are hell bent on turning our capitalist society into a socialist one because they would have the upperhand in this new socialist country. We are tired of political correctness (PC) running amock. Look at what is happening to the Hasan case and look at the Obama Muslin connection that the media refuses to explore. Enough of this PC crap.

  • Bachmann ran for president – no more obamacare – and we did not want her. Now Republican National Committee is pushing the co-author of obamacare down our throats. “When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?” Dr. Ron Paul for president. Peace,

    • CSN

      Yes, Barbara, when will we ever learn….Michelle used to endorse Ron Paul until she ran for President, then she threw her hat in with the others in disparaging him also. She sees the rotten tomatoes in the White House, and they are legion!

  • texayn

    It’s the Alinsky Way. The end always justifies the means, no matter how twisted or corrupt. It used to be very subliminal, but Obama’s brazenness in office has them all believing it’s a new day. They think they have carte blanche; anything goes…they don’t even need to hide their nefarious motives anymore. It’s called the Beltway Lobotomy. Unless they manage to steal the election, which is absolutely possible, it will backfire on them. They think all they have to do is side-step a few Tea Partiers. They are so disconnected from reality; they have no idea the vitriol and contempt they have generated in fly-over country.

    • otherwayne

      Ed Rollins could be a liberal mole who has infiltrated republican politics. Consider: After he joined Huckabee’s campaign Huckabee faltered and had to pull out. Last year he offered his services to Michele Bachmann with the same result. Rep. Bachmann was a fantastic candidate, but with the Rollins millstone around her neck she lost support. Ed Rollins is bad news for conservative teapartiers and any loyal AMERICAN.

  • judyanne

    Foxnews needs to get rid of Ed Rollins. He belongs on CNN. He did Michelle Bachmann no favors when he was her campaign manager. Maybe one when he left.

  • judyanne

    Ed Rollins belongs on CNN. I have been suspicious of Abedin. The whole nation should be concerned with her family ties, connections and the high security job she has. How did she get that job? Too many ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    • A Proud American

      You know the rumors about Abedin being Hillary’s lover are out there.

  • CSN

    Of course they would brand Michelle Bachmann as an extremist, a McCarthyist (who I deem wasn’t over the top about Communism), and give her a tained name, because she DARED

    • CSN

      ….dared to questoin the Rotten Clintons and their connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is controlling Egypt right now, and which seems to want to stronghold the entire Middle East. This has a lot to do with Central Bankers, One World Banks, etc. Michelle is a Tempest in their Teapot, and they want to disparage her as much as they can. Keep fighting Michelle, and we’ll have your back covered.

    • A Proud American

      You are so correct about the McCarthy case. Thank goodness we had Joe McCarthy expose communists in the upper echelons of our government back in the 40’s and 50’s. Once Obama leaves office we will have to do the same for Muslins and Socialists.

  • We not only have to worry about Muslim Brotherhood influence in high places in our government we have to worry about the likes of John McCain. Only people in collusion with America’s enemies can stand there and defend the indefensible. We have opened the doors and invited them in to make policy and even serve in the judiciary. How long will it be before we have a Muslim president? Oh yeah…I misspoke…we already have one.

  • marineh2ominer

    Michele Bachmann has more courage , intelligence and good old fashion common sense than all those attacking her combined . Most are just freak demonrats . John McCain on the other hand is an honorable man but was brain damaged by torture when a prisoner of war .

    • A Proud American

      You are so correct about John McCain having brain damage as a result of his imprisonment in Viet Nam. He should do like all old soldiers do (I know he was in the Navy) just fade away. McCain needs to retire, and go back to the very dry heat of Arizona and spend his money there to help the local economy. He is a Democrat who calls himself a Republican (RINO) and finally most Republicans recognize this. Then we need to get rid of cry baby, John Boehner, as Speaker and put some good conservative in that position in order to prevent the Democrats from running everything in our government. The establishment Republican Party is nothing but liberalism in slow motion.

  • PTA Mom

    It is funny, in the few minutes I had to read the comments against Bachman, I was taking them at face value, after all I have no first hand info to counteract what the media says about this situation … but then I read the lines “Abedin is married to former Congressman Anthony Wiener… etc.. and has appeared in People magazine with their 6month child and everything is wonderful”…. and I know that the media is wrong covering something up. People’s records and close associations tell more than the pros and cons of any single situation.
    Electing people of good character will go a long way towards turning our government around towards acting on behalf of the common good.
    Right now I would even settle for a government that does no harm to its citizens, especially to its disadvantaged citizens who need good government the most.

  • crescentfang

    I have only one problem with Michelle: she and Lieberman are so pro-Israeli that they have forgotten what America is all about. I stopped listening to her when she endorsed a candidate for Congress who was pushing the Israeli settler position that the Palestinians were an “invented people” and not entitled to be considered a nation. The trouble with that is her description of an “invented people” was a group lacking a common religion or ethnic background or ancient ties to the area they lived in. That is a perfect description of Americans. By her definition, we are not entitled to be considered a nation! Most Americans are proud of our ability to forge a nation out of a collection of immigrants of different religions, ethnic backgrounds, races, etc. How someone running for public office in the US can take such a position is beyond me.

    Every time we go to war some nitwit accuses American immigrants from the country we are at war with of disloyalty. It happened with the Germans in WWI and the Japanese in WWII. They are always wrong. True, we have had the occasional traitor. One gave our atomic bomb secrets to the Soviets and another one gave them to the Israelis. In general, Americans are loyal and can be trusted because their loyalty doesn’t rely on tribal affiliations like religion and ethnic background but rather on the freedom the country offers.

    The Middle East is a mess because the governments there rely on religious and ethnic bigotry to bind people together. We need to get our people out of there before we get drawn into another pointless war. There can be no peace where nations are based on tribalism.

    • A Proud American

      You sound like you are anti-Israel. I personally think you are on the wrong track here. We must support Israel because Russia, China, and all Muslin countries are against her. Israel must survive and can only do so with our help. Get real crescentfang!

      • crescentfang

        I’m concerned about our survival as a free country.and I see the influence of the Israeli lobby as a threat.

        I regard anyone that advocates the torture of prisoners as evil. During the first Republican primary debate, five of the seven candidates said that torture was acceptable. Those were the same five that later were invited to address AIPAC. That is not a coincidence.

        Having been raised on George Orwell’s 1984, I take the police state measures being passed by Congress as a personal threat, regardless of the excuses made for them. Al Quida is not a threat to our survival as a free country, those laws are.

        As a child of the cold war, I grew up under the threat of Nuclear annihilation from the likes of Stalin and Mao. I don’t regard Iran or North Korea as a serious threat. In any case, attacking a country to prevent it from building the weapons it needs to defend itself is an act of naked aggression and likely to encourage others to arm themselves as fast as they can.

        If you believe that “Israel must survive”, then you can go and defend them. I am not sending my children to die for them. After all, they can’t go to Israel except on a tourist visa simply because they aren’t Jewish.

  • Intelligence agencies are always looking for patsies who have indiscretions. The well known Wiener’s behavior as Congressman could have resulted in a security breach, and yet she stayed with him through it all and you have to wonder did she do it because he is her patsie or because she stood by her man? My belief is the former. One other thing. What we witnessed yesterday in the bus bombing in Bulgaria could be a harbinger of things to come her. Between the Brotherhood and Iran we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Bachman was absolutely right to raise concerns, given her family ties to the Brotherhood and her position as Clinton’s right hand gal. The question is why McCain would not have wised up.

  • v steve

    Muslims are living in the darkness and are going to hell.

  • I agree with Michele and for Senator John McCain he is so PC that he will not disagree with anything Democrat say. He needs to retire because he not serving any purpose for the American People.

  • gwedem5995

    She is one of the very few in Congress, in either house, that does not stand down when she feels she is right. It seems like the ones not like her are cowards. I applaud her and am behind her l00%. She isn’t afraid not to be re-elected, she stands up for herself. Shame on the rest of the cowards and the ones more interested in the next election.

  • wisewoman

    If you, or I, had the same connections to the brotherhood we would be thoroughly investigated, and probably run out of town on a rail. I watched Michelle on CSPAN just yesterday where she gave her reason for asking for the investigation. It’s her job on the investigation committee to point out specific areas needing investigation. I also read that Ms Abedin’s mother is a close friend of one of the wives of one of the top leaders in the brotherhood; and Hilary and Huma were invited, and attended with the mother, the reception party to celebrate the election success of the brotherhood. Now that is a close relationship, and certainly needs to be investigated.

  • CSN

    The current administration doesn’t want you to know that they favor the Muslim Brotherhood….perhaps because BHO was trained in Muslim Roots as a young boy in Indonesia. As we speak the Muslim Brotherhood is currently seeking to boot out the Military which is controlling Egypt right now, and is seeking to invade Israel, or at least throw some bombs at Israel. USA has been complicit in helping radical Muslim Extremism in the Middle East and should be held accountable.