McCain steps up, does the right thing

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We’ve been talking this week about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a few of her cohorts connecting McCarthyism and Islamophobia. The Obama administration, the argument goes, is allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to “infiltrate” the American government.

As “proof” – I use the word loosely – Bachmann pointed to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is Muslim.

It’s cheap, it’s ugly, it’s offensive, and to his credit, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did the right thing on the Senate floor this morning.

McCain also issued a press statement, praising Abedin and defending her against the baseless attacks coming from members of his own party.

I’ve made no secret of disappointments with the senator, but I don’t mind saying how heartening it is to see him and do the honorable thing today.

For her part, Bachmann issued a press release of her own, saying her fears about “radical groups’ access to top Obama administration officials” are legitimate, no matter what reality says.

Michele Bachmann and John McCain

McCain steps up, does the right thing

Updated