Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bachmann's McCarthyite Statements Result In Surge Of Contributions To Opponent

On October 17, Chris Matthews of MSNBC asked Republican Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota if Barack Obama had "anti-American views." She said, "Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views." 

Two days later, as shown in the video above, she said that she's wasn't saying that Obama's views are "anti-American"; she just has this "concern," you see.

Bachmann has played a deceitful game. At the very least, she clearly implied that Obama is "anti-American." So "anti-American," in fact, that he ought to be investigated. And it's not only Obama. Bachmann also called for the media to do an "expose" on whether members of Congress in general are "pro-America or anti-America."

These terms make no more sense than "terrorist" or "socialist" do when applied to Obama. Nor do they make more sense than Sarah Palin's reference to the "pro-America" parts of the country. But why make sense when one's goal is to promote false and simplistic images?

Following her comments, Bachmann was criticized by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Bachmann's interview also resulted in a surge of contributions to her opponent, Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg, who received $810,000 in less than 72 hours.

In questioning the patriotism of her colleagues, Bachmann is a reminder of the ugly, repressive McCarthy era. To support the worthy effort to throw her out of office and replace her with Tinklenberg, click here.

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