Saturday, July 21, 2012

Standing up to dangerous stupidity

In the video above, US Senator John McCain calls out the sheer lunacy of Michele Bachmann, one of the looniest Republicans in the US House of Representatives. Quaint Congressional customs dictate that he can’t name her, but it’s who he’s taking down.

McCain was absolutely right to do this, and it’s not the first time that Statesman McCain has been seen: He told one of his crazy supporters that then-candidate Obama was not an “Arab”, even thought the frothing knuckle-draggers who so loved Palin didn’t want to hear that or have their racism challenged. Had THIS John McCain been the one that ran for president in 2008, the race would have been closer. Well, that, and if they hadn’t put that moron Palin on the ticket.

This is all about Bachmann. The fact that her tinfoil hat wearing lunacy makes her among the craziest Republicans in Congress is saying something: She has plenty of competition for the title of most batshit crazy Republican.

Mainstream Republicans are piling on Bachmann, as well they should. The House Speaker, Republican John Boehner, said, "accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous." Her former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, said Bachmann’s stupid allegations were “extreme and dishonest”, before piling it on:
"…you know better. Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard working, loyal, Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior."
Bachman really is completely batshit crazy. Right Wing Watch has listed a sort of "greatest hits" of Bachmann crazy—literally, by the way—conspiracy theories. So, she has a history of saying stupid and wrong things.

This time, I think she’s veered close to treason because her idiotic remarks put Secretary of State Clinton at risk. The woman is a disgrace to the United States Congress. Prominent Republicans who have condemned her have done the right thing, but it’s far from enough.

The Republican leadership of the House must strip her of all responsible committee memberships (why in hell she’s a member of the House Intelligence Committee—an attribute she so clearly lacks—is beyond me). Bachmann is clearly dangerous. It must be abundantly clear to America’s friends and foes alike that no one, least of all the United States Congress, takes her or her loony ideas seriously, and she must not be given any veneer of respectability.

One day, her constituents will finally get sick of having the craziest Member of Congress and boot her out. Until that happens, she must be shunted to the extreme sidelines from which she can do no real damage.

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