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Michelle Bachmann's witch hunt against Huma Abedin is no joke

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Rep. Michelle Bachmann is no longer a primary source for national amusement. She has become a cornucopia of idiocy whose bloviating and blathering could only be portrayed accurately in Kristen Wiig's parodies on Saturday Night Live.

The Minnesota congresswoman just sounds nuts.

And in her latest outburst, Bachmann has refined her role, coming across as a witch conducting a witch hunt.

Her smear of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has crossed a line. She can no longer merely be laughed off.

Abedin, as many in New York recall, was a top aide to Senator Clinton who followed her to the State Department where she is her aide de camp. The two are incredibly close but apparently Clinton doesn’t realize that Abedin is a secret mole trying to bring down the nation.

Bachmann, along with four other members of Congress, sent a letter to the inspector generals of the Departments of State and Homeland Security saying Abedin has ties to an organization trying to destroy “the Western Civilization from within.” Her evidence? That Abedin, a Muslim who was born in Michigan but raised in the Middle East has three family members, her deceased father, her mother and her brother, who at some point in their lives have crossed the paths of people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bachmann's letter gives credence to what had been until now a web only conspiracy theory that Abedin’s whole career is the acting out of an Islamist plot to deceive non-Muslims into thinking Muslims are no threat while they secretly burrow their way into our government. Abedin’s marriage to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is Jewish, is part of that elaborate scheme to disguise her true motivations, according to this conspiracy.

At least Abedin can now go to her boss, who coined the phrase “vast right wing conspiracy,” with a few more issues to empathize about.

The revulsion to Bachmann's attack has been strong but small. Perhaps because the first instinct is to view her as a joke instead of a danger.

Bachmann’s former campaign manager, hired gun Ed Rollins, was one of the first to call her out on Fox News.

“Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, 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,” Rollins wrote.

That’s a radioactive charge, especially from someone who used to be on your payroll.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who worked with Abedin in the Senate, said, “These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant,” he said.

And Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina told Politico “She is about as far away from the Muslim Brotherhood view of women and ideology as you possibly could get...and people who say these things are really doing her a disservice because they don’t know what they’re talking about, and I don’t know what their motivations are, but clearly it says more about them than it does her."

UPDATE: 4:40 pm. House Speaker John Boehner speaks up but stop short of direct criticism of Bachmann. "I don’t know Huma. But from everything that I do know of her, she has a sterling character, and I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous,” Boehner said.