Republican Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, speaking to Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball," expressed concern that Barack Obama "may have anti-American views."
Bachmann's rambling assertions suggested a connection between "liberal," "leftist" and "anti-American." Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had, according to Bachmann, "far leftist views."
I wondered exactly what type of "far leftist" Bachmann meant. Are Pelosi and Reid Maoists? Trotskyists?
Bachmann also made implicit reference to the McCain campaign's main focus, Obama's fleeting and insignificant contacts with Bill Ayers. She stated that "the people that Barack Obama has been associating with are anti-American."
The wording "has been associating with" puts Obama's contacts into a present-day context. Again I wondered, which "anti-Americans"? Obama referred to those he associates with during the third presidential debate: Warren Buffet; Fed Chairman Paul Volker; Joe Biden; Dick Lugar, Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and General Jim Jones, former supreme allied commander of NATO. How many of them are anti-Americans?
The question would seem to be an important one for Bachmann. She called for the news media to "do a penetrating expose" into the "views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America or anti-America."
Remember when we last had an investigation into who is pro- and anti-American? Perhaps this will refresh one's memory: