Posted by: Randy Allgaier | October 18, 2008

21st Century McCarthyism- The Republicans get scary

The robocalls by the RNC and the McCain Palin campaign are beyond the pale.  But some of the campaign’s hate fomenting ignorant surrogates are appalling.

In a stunning interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called on the media to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, after slamming Barack Obama as “anti-American.” The accusations by Bachmann spurred massive fundraising for her opponent and the creation of a movement to urge Congress to censure Bachmann.

On MSNBC, she said, “What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think the American people would love to see an expose like that.”

On Obama she said, “Absolutely, I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.”

There were additional nuggets here and there. But the whole episode was a sight to behold. It is hard to imagine how this type of message actually helps the McCain campaign. For starters, there has been a relatively respected rule to leave candidate’s wives out of campaign attacks. Moreover, there is already a deep resentment towards the severity of the political attacks McCain and his surrogates have launched against Barack Obama. Having a like-minded member of Congress essentially call for a witch hunt within Congress isn’t the practical-minded message that the Arizona Republican wants out there.

What makes the incident even more bizarre is that Bachmann is in a close congressional race and just this past week offered warm words to the Illinois Democrat. “If the presidency would somehow go to Barack Obama, I would welcome him to the 6th District as well,” she said after a debate. “As a matter of fact, I would put my hand on his shoulder and give him a kiss if he wanted to.”

A Democratic campaign official emailed that Bachmann’s Democratic opponent has raised at least $23,000 online since the Hardball segment aired.

But I can’t do a better job than Katrina Vanden Heuvel said after hearing Congresswoman Bachmann’s channeling of Joe McCarthy

Representative Bachmann makes Katherine Harris of the 2000 Florida Election Recount fame look like a Rhodes Scholar.  I think it is important to remove this remarkably stupid woman from office!  If you agree go to her opponent’s web site- Tinklenberg for Congress – and donate!


  1. Tinklenberg probably can’t believe his great fortune of this woman’s lack of sense, just a couple weeks before the election!!

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