Idaho's Rep. Simpson says Michele Bachmann reviving McCarthyism 'outrageous,' tainting all Republicans

Seven-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson said Friday that Rep. Michele Bachmann's claim that an extremist Islamic group has infiltrated the U.S. government is a revival of McCarthyism that must be condemned.

"I thought it was outrageous," Simpson told the Idaho Statesman's editorial board Friday. "We don't need to go back to those days. I thought we'd learned our lesson when (Sen. Joseph) McCarthy (R-Wis.) finally went down."

Simpson lamented that publicity about the former presidential candidate from Minnesota stains the Republican Party. "Unfortunately, it's not just Michele. The public says, 'There go those Republicans again.' It's a bad reflection on all Republicans. I can't believe the other four members she got to sign the letter with her. Amazing....That doesn't reflect the House Republican Caucus."

Bachmann says the Muslim Brotherhood has managed a "deep penetration in the halls of our United States government" and accused a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of having family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended the aide, Huma Abedin, in a Senate floor speech last month. "These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit, and they need to stop now."

Added McCain: "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."

Bachmann wrote that Abedin's mother, brother and late father were connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives or organizations.

She was joined by fellow Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia in writing inspectors general in the departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice and the Office of National Intelligence asking them to investigate whether the Muslim Brotherhood may be infiltrating the government.

On another national story, Simpson said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be a good "dark horse" choice as Mitt Romney's running mate for president.

"Bush helps you with the Hispanic vote, wins Florida; Florida is not in play if Bush is on the ticket," Simpson said. "The negative is that his last name is Bush. That brings up a challenge. But, frankly, I think Jeb is probably -- I don't know if 'sharpest' is the right word -- but I think he's the most attractive of all the Bushes."

Simpson said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell also would be good choices who would help in key states.

But Simpson said Bush, who served eight years as governor, has experience that Rubio, a freshman senator, lacks.

"Jeb has more gravitas," Simpson said. "He's been the governor of a state. He hasn't been in Washington. I think the knock against Rubio -- although I think Rubio is a great guy and has a real future -- is that he's still pretty young and fairly inexperienced. Almost as inexperienced as Obama was when he ran for president."

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Meanwhile the Muslim Brotherhood just sits backs and laughs.

You're exactly Bachmans base

an embarrassment to Republicans and Idaho.


Don't you remember who you voted for in 2008? I think the joke is on you.

Because they know she's an unqualified IDIOT.

Get her the alloted Duff and donuts and keep her busy.


You fry wants with that?

Uh Oh.....

Starting to sound kind of liberal Mike....wait, the tea party catchword for this year is socialist. (sarcasm, republicans) Thank you congressman, for that. Now if we only had about a million more such examples, maybe Idaho wouldn't appear to be the haven for neo-nazi redneck hicks that it is now.

A better and peaceful world

A better and peaceful world is possible — a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism. That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA.

Seems the Left has a lot in common with this group.


What does that have to do with this story? Stick to the topic or stay out of the conversation.

It just shows how bereft of

It just shows how bereft of any thinking the far right has become.

It's in no way a conversation.


You fry wants with that?


The Right has a lot to do with the Taliban.

I know who'd I rather be like. And it's not a bunch of ultra-conservative terrorists.


is just one small example of how "tainted" that entire party is. Their ALEC/Ayn Rand theology is designed to take the country back 200 years and turn it into a game of lords and serfs.

Were serfs so bad?

Certainly not as problematic and varlots and concubines, especially with book deals.


You fry wants with that?

Thank you Rep. Simpson for condemning Bachmann.

But the Republican Party owns this; they have encouraged such crazy paranoia and bigotry as a matter of political expediency.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart


are the only ones who can truly solve this problem by voting her out in November. I believe she is holding Bill Frantzen's seat, he must be rolling over in his grave over how far the GOP has strayed.


Didn't Al Franken used to wear an adult diaper on SNL? I wonder if JFK is rolling over in his grave over how far the party of a sses has fallen.

Stop posting like that or I'll need an adult diaper.


Diapers and more !

Al Franken did in a skit as he was a comedian, Ronald Reagan acted along side a chimp, Republican Sen David Vitter from Louisiana liked to wear a diaper and have his prostitutes spank him. Whats your point?

And Then You Have Barney

And in the end, (literally) you have Captain Barney Frankenf arter who loves chimps, comedians, and how to run an effective prostitution ring out of his apt.

Point? I guess it feels better without the diaper.


Ron Reagan

played second fiddle to a chimp, so what's your point?

Freakin' token toker


You fry wants with that?

It could be worse...

Only a few months ago, she was a viable republican presidential candidate.


Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum … Sarah and Donald in the wings. It's Karl Rove collaborating with Wes Craven.

Bachmann is an em-bareass-ment to ALL Americans

One can only hope Minnesotans vote the crazy woman out of a job.

A spec in the immensity

Ms. Bachmann and the handful of nuts cased do not represent the majority of Republican nor has the GOP triumphed this sort of radicalism. But go ahead and rant away if it makes you feel better. Domestic security, strong borders are good ideas, but there is no room for the kind of hate Michele likes to spew. This myth that conservative are somehow a bunch of paranoid bigots is just muck raking. Knock yourselves out. Thanks MIKE for the common sense.


Thank You Rep. Simpson for being a voice of sanity and reason. I may not agree with all of your platform or ideas, but I am grateful that you are not one to stand by and let extremists use fear and hate to take over your party. Nice to see someone in the R camp has brass ones and a brain. Joe McCarthy was a disgraceful stain on Wis. and National politics, what he did to so many innocent people was a crime of human decency. Sadly, it appears some like Michele do not learn from history.

"The negative is that his

"The negative is that his last name is Bush. That brings up a challenge."

Not just a challenge, it guarantees Romney will lose. That's why nobody is seriously considering Jeb. It was desperate enough they chose Romney, now they are considering a Bush?


I think the more apt word would be bereft.

And definitely not serious.


You fry wants with that?


The President himself is a muslim. How come he didn't wear his watch or rings in the month of ramadan? Simpson's seven terms is enough.


...I guess they left the doors unlocked again.

Just when you think sanity might be returning...

a crazy one raises his hand and says 'ooh ooh, look at me'.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

I disagree

All the evidence points to him being a Christian, but even if he were Muslim, so what? If you think that Hamas and Al Qaeda are typical of Muslims, then you probably think that all Italians are Mafiosi, all Germans are Nazis, and all Kunans are lunatics

Sorry, Just Plain Wrong
Of course, you and your ilk don't believe actual proof that you're wrong; you just believe random unsourced E-mails because you're incapable of independent thought. (Standing by for "Snopes is funded by Soros so it's wrong, even though they provide documented proof of their conclusions! I got an E-mail from my brother-in-law!")

are you serious?

Quit getting your news from Glenn Beck and Faux News. The president is, and has maintained a faith in christianity.

I'd rather have an atheist who could balance the budget.


Or a chimp who could program great TV.


You fry wants with that?

If you still think

that the president is Muslim, well... you're an idiot.

The President's wife wears muslin.

Are you the seventh son of a seventh pun?


You fry wants with that?

Thank you, …

… Mr. Simpson. And the "these attacks … need to stop now," comment from Senator McCain; along with condemnations from Speaker Boehner and others on the Republican side. It kind of makes Mr. Romney's “those are not things that are part of my campaign” response sound timid … almost frightened.

Maybe Romney is trying not to lose the bat$ hit crazy vote...

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Yep, cuz if there's anything the republicans need now ...

it's definitely a lot less taint ! They seem to have an over abundance of it.

Lesson Learned

There was a time that I viewed Mr. Simpson as an ultra conservative and unreasonable. The republican party has migrated so far to the right that there are a growing number of defections by those folks that refused to be captured by this trend. If Mr. Simpson is one of these and recognizing this reality, then maybe it is a time for representatives of both parties to reflect and come together to get more things done. This seems to be a lesson of how left unchecked ideologies (from both sides) can get just crazy. Kudos to Mr. Simpson.

Faaint praise indeed....

The sharpest one of the Bushes. That covers a whole lot of dull.

Where's the "like" button...


At the top underneath the byline...

The only place it's ever been.

This platform is NOT Disqus. It predates that by over 3 years.


You fry wants with that?


Bachmann is such a problem, why don't her fellow Republicans call for an investigation and/or censure? Any Democrat acting like this would be sitting in front of a committee right now.

The reason is, they know that Bachmann appeals to a huge part of the GOP. At least a third if not more of the party agrees with her. So while they may complain about her, they will take no action.

Isn't Harry Reid

a Democrat? There goes your theory...

When did Reid

accuse a high-ranking government official of being a Muslim infiltrator? I guess I must have missed that.

Never. But he sold US soldiers out by claiming, the war is lost,

during the sucessful surge in Iraq. So you can deduce Harry is pro muslim and anti US soldier.

Harry will be the future towel boy at the Senate gym, when he is removed from the leadership position after Nov. You'll see.