Last week, US Representative Michele Bachmann’s penchant for offensive absurdity exploded into a national media circus when she and four other representatives alleged that Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, had infiltrated the Federal government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Probably noticing how dangerous such allegations are for their party’s reputation, prominent Republicans were quick to condemn the attacks as dangerous and un-American. John McCain called the attacks “specious and degrading,” and John Boehner said, “accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”
Bachmann’s former campaign manager Ed Rollins called her claim “extreme and dishonest” and said, “I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level.”
Republicans Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Scott Brown also condemned Bachmann’s attacks against Muslims.
Not to be outdone, Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh defended Bachmann’s allegations.
But one prominent Republican was conspicuously silent on the matter. Can you guess who?
If you guessed Mitt Romney, you were correct. Not only did Romney the man stay silent, his campaign also had nothing to say. No one in the mainstream media, with the exception of Hardball’s Chris Matthews, seems to have noticed. And Matthews only mentioned it in passing.
Of course, Romney has a history of capitulating to extremism in his own party. A big fuss was made when Romney stood by silently while a supporter accused President Obama of treason at a town hall. So why hasn’t the media noticed Romney’s conspicuous silence about Bachmann’s allegations?
Surely, because of their prominent positions and the magnitude of their accusations, Bachmann and her cronies are more worthy of condemnation than some crank at a town hall? Or is Romney so desperate for support that he won’t even stand up to racism and bigotry in his own party?
Romney has again demonstrated a startling lack of leadership and an inability to stand up to bigots like Michele Bachmann. He wouldn’t even stand with six other members of his own party to condemn Bachmann’s accusations against Huma Abedin and Keith Ellison.
If he can’t stand up to Bachmann and the Tea Party, how can we expect him to stand up to the leaders of rogue states like Iran and North Korea?