July 19th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

My Take: McCain takes down Bachmannism and stands up for America

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN)–One of Sen. John McCain’s better moments came in a 2008 campaign stop when a woman told him that she couldn’t trust Barack Obama because he was an Arab. Taking the microphone away from her, McCain said, “No ma'am, he’s a decent family man (and) citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

He had another great moment this week, when he stood up on the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, against McCarthyesque accusations leveled against her by his Republican colleagues.

It all started on June 13 when Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, and four other Capitol Hill legislators — Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Trent Franks, R-Arizona, Thomas Rooney, R-Florida, and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Georgia — sent letters calling on five federal agencies to investigate an alleged plot by Islamists to infiltrate the hallowed halls of the U.S. government.

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“It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood,” Bachmann told radio host Sandy Rios in June. “It appears there are individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency.”

One of these individuals, in her view, is Abedin, a Muslim-American and top Clinton aide who was called out by name in a letter to the State Department.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, called on Bachmann to provide evidence for her smears. She responded with a long letter that Ellison dismissed on Anderson Cooper as “16 pages worth of nothing.”

In his remarkable Senate speech, McCain blasted Bachmann for spreading “vicious and disgusting lies” against someone he described as “an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.”

“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,” he said. “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.”

But McCain did more than defend a civil servant he described as a “friend.” He rightly spoke of American values as well.

“What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal, and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity,” McCain said. “When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.”

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Instead of being chastened by criticisms of her “McCarthyism,” Bachman doubled down in response, charging on her website on Wednesday that the Obama administration “appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces.”

Still, it is McCain’s language that resonates.

Throughout our history we have had politicians who trafficked in fear. But alongside this ugly and divisive tradition stands a great tradition of conciliation—of voices who put the interests of the country over their personal interests and the interests of their party. This week, as on the campaign trail in 2008, John McCain was one of those voices.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Bachmann • Church and state • Culture wars • Islam • Middle East • Opinion • Politics • Prejudice • United States

soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. tnux

    America needs more men like John McCain in our government, too bad we don't deserve more. The typical American can't hear beyond the 15 second sound bite, and the more outrageous it is the better he hears it.

    Honesty, decency and integrity are values that rarely grab headlines. Too bad America had to trade our collective common sense for a "free press".

    July 20, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  2. AGuest9

    I'm much more concerned about the fundies that have infiltrated our educational inst.itutions in order to indoctrinate our children with their fantasies.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • AGuest9

      Come on, CNN! There is a BIG difference between the words "inst.itution" and "ti.tties".

      July 20, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • HeavenSent

      It's you atheists that are the enemy as you rewrite history to your babble.

      3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

      4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      2 Timothy 4:3-4


      July 20, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Bob

      AGuest9, re your top post, I really hear you and agree. While dogma and supersti.tion push aside evidence-based science in education and enforce bigotry and stereotyping, America is degraded. We'll be suffering for it in the years ahead as our competi.tiveness declines internationally and our own welfare declines due to blocked advances in medicine, and due to ignorance and a general lack of critical thinking within the populace.

      Good for McCain for saying what he said.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Bob

      HeavenSent, labelling a broad, diverse group as "the enemy" like you just did shows yet again the hatred and bigotry that your religion inculcates. No surprise; your religion is largely about prejudice and enforced ignorance. America would be better off without your religious dogma, and without your culture of indoctrinated bigotry and hate.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, what part of FOOL for not believing, therefore, not know Jesus' truth do you not comprehend? Anyone that doesn't love and follow Jesus automatically goes on to satan's side of lies. There is no sitting on the fence, humpty dumpty.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      typed too fast ... that was suppose to be knowing.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bob

      Yet again, "HeavenSent", you respond with more insults. Just more hate from you, so typical of the more dogmatic followers of your evil religion. Calling me a "fool" hardly helps your case, but we've come to expect nothing better from you.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, here's some more of Jesus' truth to read.

      Matthew 23:1-39
      Revelation 3:9


      July 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Bob

      HS, no thanks, I've already read your horrid storybook.

      July 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  3. paul metayo

    Senator John Mccain is honest to serve our nation. He is a politician, but not try to gain in politic, except tp serve people. he doesn't manipulate or twist thing around to attack a person reputation, but try to resolve the problem instead. I am proud of him, and we need more people like he is to serve our country

    July 20, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • Mirosal

      Paul, what is your first language? At your next English class, try studying things called "verb tenses" and "possesives".

      July 20, 2012 at 5:02 am |
    • Cleavland Steamer


      I had no idea you were such a cunt! Clearly English is not Paul's first language, but did it really detract from his message?

      July 20, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mirosal has the same obsession as Tommie Tom. Just another dummy handle of that miserable fool I uncovered.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Bob

      More insults from HeavenSent, that follower of a religion of hate. No surprise.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Boo Hoo Bob, hates being a ignorant putz. Oops, I meant fool.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Bootyfunk

    "she couldn’t trust Barack Obama because he was an Arab. Taking the microphone away from her, McCain said, “No ma'am, he’s a decent family man (and) citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”"

    prothero calls mccain decent here? are you serious? saying "no, he's not an arab - he's a decent man" is a good response? how freaking ignorant!

    July 20, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • AverageJoe76

      Stepping stones, Bootyfunk, stepping stones. Look at the audience he spoke in front of... Gotta ease them into notions that Arab doesn't equal 'ultimate evil'.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Another full post being blocked ...Muslims hate the atheists.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Aardvark

    Personnaly, I expected this kind of absurdity from the Tea Party tin-foilers that made it into office. My only regret is that it was Bachmann that made it in and not O'Donnell, because Witchy Woman was much more entertaining.

    The sad part is that the hyperpropagandized radiobrain rightwingnuts will actually believe this obvious bullsh!t.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Aardvark

      Excellent ! ;D


      July 20, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • ME II

      Just as, I'm sure, the left-wing loose-nut liberals (just to parody your labels) will believe the label, "hyperpropagandized radiobrain rightwingnuts." (what the hell is a "radiobrain," anyway?)

      July 20, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son


      July 20, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Butch, of course you won't admit that the Muslims hate you atheists and the rest of us Christians have to pay for your foolish pride.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  6. chuckie

    Let her talk. She just assures an Obama victory.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  7. Nwvotes

    Michele Bachmann criticizes Hilary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin. Has she gone too far this time? Vote at Nationwidevotes.com

    July 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  8. Keith

    John McCain is a NWO, UN lap dog-just like Hillary and Obama.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      You really feel the need to label folks, don't you Keith. No shades of grey for you; black and white, either for you or against you?

      July 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So Keith, you must have voted for Obama then?

      July 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Angus McNuggets

      Beware the dread lurking CONSPIRACY of the NWO! Yes, the Nebraskans With Ocelots is plotting nefarious things! World domination and sharks with fricking laser beams on their heads!!!!


      Translation: Keith is a total moron.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Jokester

      Speaking as a native Nebraskan, I can assure you we are not planning anything nefarious, However, we cannot and will not speak for our ocelots. They won't let us into their meetings anymore, and the downtowns of Omaha and Lincoln are strung out with police tape. Maybe it's an omen? 😉

      July 20, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • sam stone

      Ooooh, NWO...scary stuff, Keith.....

      July 20, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • sam stone

      Of course Nebraskans will deny the conspiracy. That's what a conspiracy is all about. Us Michiganders, on the other hand, are completely innocent.....

      July 20, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • yeahalright

      Keith can you please report to your neighborhood NWO/UN registration center? We need to update your file and ask you a few questions, thank you.

      What's it like to be such a complete paranoid lunatic?

      July 20, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • cooldaddysquid23

      No, Keith voted for Ron Paul. He's the non-NWO candidate, apparently.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Keith

      This was rather interesting:
      I was wonder what Obama was doing declaring a "national emergency" with the Russian nuclear material EO. Now I know. But you retards probably aren't aware of any of Barry's EO's, you too busy chugging the cnn koolaid-all the Red #5 has made you stupid.
      And now since the media is focused on that movie theatre shooting, I wouldn't be surprised if he signs another one perhaps say tonight around 6:00 pm or later when no one is watching.(Right after he gets done entertaining George Bush Sr. and Jebby in another WH meeting that is not on the docket.) You idiots aren't capable of thinking for yourselves.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Keith

      Guess I should've proofread that,. Oh well, it's only for you dolts, anyway.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, Moby, you know, Keith is a pipe-fitter, and everything MUST be made exactly to certain measurements and all must fit into neat little holes.

      That's just the way the nut-case rolls.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Keith, remember Jesus said,

      And I will give children [to be] their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

      Isaiah 3:4


      July 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  9. Lana Lee

    While Michele Bachmann has received the brunt of the criticism for the infamous neo-McCarthyist smear letter she co-wrote attacking Huma Abedin, there were four other neocon GOP representatives who also collaborated with Bachmann on this letter. One of them, Louie Gohmert, is in no position to be accusing anyone else in the government of treason or of ties to terrorism, since he himself has ties to terrorism!

    That's right, the man standing next to a beaming Gohmert in this photo is the former leader of Kach, a Kahanist (Jewish supremacist) organization that is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Israel, Canada, and the EU and has been implicated in several bombings.


    Why is it that American politicians can practically lock lips with Kahanists and get away with it scot free, while Huma Abedin gets falsely accused of being a Muslim Brotherhood agent despite the fact that she's not Egyptian (she's of Pakistani ethnicity and has never even been to Egypt) and is married to a Jewish man? I'm no fan of Abedin's political views (she's part of the Clinton team, after all) but she doesn't deserve this kind of character assassination. And there's definitely a double standard going on here.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  10. midwest rail

    Every time Michelle Bachmann uses a microphone, an entire colony of bats in Europe flies off course.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  11. Reality

    McCain is probably correct but:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      I expect muslims will clean up their holy book and admit it's based on myths right after the christians and jews do the same.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Dead bones They are blocking my posts again atheists at CNN True Christians Prideful Tommie tom the liar satan lies in the talmud man-made lies of the talmud no eyes to see or hear His truth blotted out for eternity personal worm that feeds off of you for eternity liar against His truth Carnal Jesus’ letter, the Bible God’s truth Jesus’ truth The truth Truth Holy Men Scribes Scribes Fat drippings Personal worms Satan is death your father Satan You atheists Smug atheists Prayer really works Lies, lies, lies Enemy of Jesus Burn burn burn for all eternity writing your filth abide in Jesus' truth Minions of satan snakes in your belly.


      July 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Conservative Jews in the USA have rewritten the Torah to reflect the myths therein basically making it a docu-ment of real history.

      Thomas Jefferson did an analogous rewrite of the NT. Ditto for the rewrite of the NT by the Jesus Seminarians. Ditto by Professor JD Crossan in his over 20 books on the historical Jesus and related subjects and ditto for Professor Gerd Ludeman in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years,(see for example, pp. 694-695.)

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."


      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      @Reality and HeavenSent: I don't pray for many things but....... Please tell me neither of you have jobs where you watch children. If there's a God, he wouldn't do that to children would he?? ........... (Ugh)

      July 20, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • AGuest9

      Obviously, off his/her meds again last night.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      The phony heavensent is miserable too, just like Tommie Tom.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • HeavenSent

      What you should pray for AverageJoe is that God should give you eyes to see the phony heavensent's babble from my posts.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • cooldaddysquid23

      And Christians bomb abortion clinics and kill doctors. They also are prejudiced against gay people and people of other religions. By your logic, no Christian can be trusted anywhere, either.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Reality

      The New Testament has only one major atrocity, that of god committing filicide assuming you believe in this Christian mumbo jumbo. Said atrocity should be enough to vitiate all of Christianity.

      But said NT does emphasize the Ten Commandments, one of which is THOU SHALL NOT KILL.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  12. SoldierOfFortunes

    God is vanilla ice cream and religions are flavors of it...some rocky and most nutty...McCain needs to confess his sins at once!!!
    That won't get him far but much better then where he stands now...attention anyway the wind blows is McCains MO...always has been always will be...only he and God can rewire some faulty wires not us....and I will leave it at that...not our problem...

    July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • just sayin

      With magic it does

      July 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • just sayin

      The Joy of the Lord is a strength unequaled. God bless

      July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      When you look at different religions, they usually contain "magic." For example:

      • The Mormon religion contains the magical golden plates, the magical angel, the magical seer stones, the magical ascension of the plates into heaven, etc.
      • The Muslim faith contains the magical angel, the magical flying horse, the magical voices, the magical prophet, etc.
      • The Christian faith contains the magical insemination, the magical star, the magical dreams, the magical miracles, the magical resurrection, the magical ascension and so on.

      The presence of "magic" is a clear marker for "imaginary." For example, how do we know that Santa is imaginary? Because (among other things) he has eight magical flying reindeer. How do we know that Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairy tale? Because (among other things) the story contains magical seeds. In the same way, how do we know that God is make believe? Because God is surrounded by magic.

      According to believers, God is an all-powerful being who has the divine, magical power to do anything. How do we know that this belief is a fairy tale? One way to know is to try to invoke God's magical power. For example, the Bible tells us in many places that God answers prayers. However, whenever we try to pray, we notice that nothing happens. That tells us that God is completely imaginary. The magical powers ascribed to him are a fairy tale.

      Another way to know is to read the stories of magical events in the Bible. There is the magical flood, yet we know with certainty that the flood never happened. There are the magical miracles of Jesus, but (predictably) none of these miracles left behind any tangible evidence. There is the magical resurrection, yet there is zero evidence that it ever occurred and no reason to believe it.

      God is identical to Leprechauns, mermaids and Santa. God is a magical fairy tale creature. The magic surrounding God tells us that God is imaginary.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  14. HeavenSent Blog

    Hello! And welcome to the HeavenSent blog. This is YOUR opportunity to voice your HeavenSent opinion in a forum about, for and to HeavenSent!

    Please frame your posts to best preach to Atheists about the dangers of a Godless life-style.

    Here are some suggested key words to get you started:

    Liar against His truth
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    And much, much more! Have fun and be creative! Remember….Muslims, Jews and Atheists need not apply!


    July 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Argle Bargle

      What about the dangers of a life of blind faith in a philosophy of man? That's what you profess, because you do not speak for Christ or Christianity.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent Blog

      HOW DARE YOU! I worship the Christians HeavenSent walks on!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony heavensent, cough Tommie Tom. Your ulcer shouldn't be present on this blog. I know you are miserable, but,, own the fact that you did it to yourself.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • cooldaddysquid23

      People, do not feed the Jesus Troll.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • badPolitx

      Hey your as bat$%it crazy as Bachmann!

      August 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  15. aggiemara

    She is right about Huma Abedin. It is not racist. The threat from the Muslim Brotherhood is very real. Unfortunately most liberals, leftists and some conservations are more concerned about polictical correctness than about this very real threat.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Alger

      You're so right aggiemara. We must fight them. Expose them. Destroy them.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      I hate those conservations !

      July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Huma Abedin is an American by birth. That makes her every bit as much as an American as Michelle Backmann. How much freedom are Americans willing to give up by casting doubts on other American's patriotism because of their religious beliefs?

      July 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Argle Bargle

      Michelle Bachmann is more of a threat to America than anything her feeble little mind can conjure up. She IS an offense to Americans and America, and she would rather see you deprived of life and liberty than see you be free.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  16. Not now John

    Michele Bachmann is in the early stages of creutzfeldt-jakob – a brain scan would look like Swiss cheese.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Lee

      Dude that is actually kinda funny and most likely true.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  17. HotAirAce

    Anyone want to bet that Sarah P jumps in on Michele B's side?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • JWT

      If you do the opposite of what either one of them says you are far more likely to be right.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  18. timminn

    She is a pathetic human being and as a "public servant", extremely scary. I used to think it was a bad act she was putting on, typical pandering to a voter base, but I think she might actually believe herself what she's saying. Double scary.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  19. armslover

    Someone should f*** Bachmann brains out. If that's all she can do, then she's good for only one thing. Save the dirtiest, filthiest dick for her mouth!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Primewonk

      The people of Southeast Minnesota should be ashamed of themselves. How the hell can they continue to send this vapid, insipid, ignorant, putz back to DC?

      July 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Duh

      You don't think her gay husband has been getting what he can closing his eyes and pretending she's Patrick Swayze in drag while plowing her poo hole? Why do you think her eyes are always so screwed up?...

      July 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Hypatia

      Why in the world would any self-respecting man want to touch her? Ew.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Who invited me?

      There are a lot of men who are NOT self respecting...someone got snooki pregnant, right?

      July 20, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  20. Moby Schtick

    McCain's a decent fellow, especially for this sort of honesty, but nothing compared to Ron Paul. It's interesting that the folks who seem more qualified to be president can't get enough support to be elected.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • atomD21

      They can't get enough support because quite often they speak out against the corporate influence on our government, thus ensuring they will not get any of that money to finance their campaigns with. Corruption is a stinky cologne and Washington wears it all the time.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
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