Representative Michelle Bachman, for the uninitiated, is a Republican representing Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. You may know Bachman from her gaffe-laden run for the Republican presidential nomination, during which she distinguished herself less on policy than on her knack for relentlessly self aggrandizing attention seeking. Which brings us to Huma Abedin.
Abedin, an aide Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is Muslim. (Let’s stay way from the phrase Muslim-American, because we’re not in the habit of using terms like Catholic-American, or Mormon-American when it comes to denoting a person’s faith.) And last week, Bachman and four other GOP members of Congress sent letters to five federal agencies, demanding an investigation into infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood, and claiming Abedin has links to the organization.
The letter did not, to say the least, go over well with Bachman’s Republican colleagues, including Senator John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner. Add to the list Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensrenbrenner, who forcefully (and admirably) defended Abedin, the process of issuing security clearances, and also the Constitution, against a constituent who just wasn’t having any of it.
“She could not have gotten the job, either as then Senator Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, or the job in the State Department, without passing a rather rigorous security clearance. And if there was any indication that she had any connection at all with the Muslim Brotherhood, she would never have passed that security clearance.”