Headline Muse, 7/18

Though reality-based it was not,
Michele Bachman still gave it a shot…
But it seems it’s too much
For her colleagues to touch—
They’re denying her Islamist plot!

Headline: Lawmakers Condemn Michele Bachman’s Claim of an Islamist Plot

A handful of Republican lawmakers led by Ms. Bachmann of Minnesota sent letters on June 13 to five federal agencies demanding investigations of a conspiracy to influence American foreign policy to favor the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes.

A letter to the State Department singled out Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, prompting an impassioned defense on the Senate floor on Wednesday from Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.

“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” Mr. McCain said. “These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.”

Apparently, this John McCain is somehow related to the one who ran for president, but this one has integrity.


  1. carpenterman says

    Dear Ms. Bachman,
    There are indeed many Muslims engaged in activities designed to infiltrate the highest levels of govornment and sieze power.
    These nefarios plots are called elections.
    Unfortunately, due to the sloppy nature of democracy in a pluralist society, sometimes elections result in self-righteous, bigoted, hateful people going to congress, where they are free to make irresponsible accusations against loyal Americans. We can only hope that their constituants will grow disgusted with their behavior and vote them out.
    And the sooner the better.

  2. ottod says

    There was one event in the 2008 campaign I’ll always remember. McCain spoke in Shakopee, MN (I think), and during the Q&A a disheveled, distracted-looking, elderly lady challenged McCain to agree that Obama was an arab and a muslim. The McCain from 2000 stepped forward and rather emphatically rejected the accusation. He called Obama a good and honorable man with whom he disagreed about policies and running the government. To me it was his finest moment in the campaign, and it made me sad to think what might have happened (or not have happened) had he not been swift-boated out of the 2000 race.

    Sadly, while he was occasionally remembering honor, his running mate was out pandering to any part of the lunatic fringe that would come listen to her. His good moments in no way compensated.

  3. carpenterman says


    I feel the same way about John McCain; I strongly disagree with most of his politics, but he’s a man I can respect. Truly, I can barely stand to think about how different things would have been if he had won the 2000 Republican primary. How much history hinged on that.

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