Skirmish on the lunatic fringe

Grover Norquist is a right wing extremist when it comes to taxes and his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” but in some circles on the far right he’s not to be trusted because he married a Palestinian Muslim. That’s right. The hero of many in the Tea Party has incurred the wrath of neoconservative nutjob Frank Gaffney, the high priest of conspiracy nuts on the right. You can read this article for a summary of the feud between these guys.

Gaffney is one of those neocons that helped sell the Iraq War and is now convinced that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the US government. To get some perspective on how nutty this guy is, watch the clip above where he tries to tie Saddam Hussein to the Oklahoma City Bombing!!! Even Pat Buchanan dismisses Gaffney as a nut.

Gaffney is the source behind the recent crusade by wingnuts Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert against Huma Abedin. But Gaffney doesn’t limit his conspiracy allegations to liberals as he’s proven with his allegations against Norquist. I guess it’s bi-partisan lunacy.

I don’t agree with Grover Norquist on anything, but this crusade against him is outrageous . . . and a little funny. It shows just how far off the deep end some on the right have gone, when even taxes and partisan politics won’t stop their wild conspiracy allegations.

  

John McCain at his best

Nitwit Michele Bachmann is out there doing her best Joe McCarthy impersonation, alleging that some Muslim Americans in our government are sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

John McCain calls out her bullshit and defends his friend, Huma Abedin.

Michele Bachmann is a disgrace.

  

Effective ad against Gingrich

A super PAC supporting Mitt Romney has unleashed this ad against Newt Gingrich in Iowa. The focus on Newt’s “baggage” seems to be resonating.

Meanwhile, the PPP poll now has Gingrich in a free fall in Iowa, as he has slipped to third place.

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.

Gingrich won’t even spend time in Iowa, so I can’t imagine how he’s going to hold on against candidates who are betting their campaigns on the caucuses.

If this trend continues, you’ll see Santorum, Perry or Bachmann possibly get into the top three, so this race is still very fluid. Romney benefits from having the anti-Romney vote split up. The Iowa vote often breaks late, so anything can happen here.

  

Rick Perry runs for Bible-thumper in chief

Rick Perry really is a caricature of George W. Bush. This ad is just hilarious as he makes a desperate plea for religious conservatives in Iowa.

Perry and Michele Bachmann are part of the Dominionism movement. Interesting stuff.

  

Marcus Bachmann off limits?

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) waves with her husband Marcus after she addressed a gathering of supporters to formally launch her campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in her childhood hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, June 27, 2011. Bachmann, a rising star of the conservative Tea Party movement, leaped into the race for the Republican 2012 presidential nomination on Monday and said the country cannot afford four more years of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

You know a presidential campaign has a problem when they start declaring the candidate’s spouse to be off limits. Michele Bachmann’s campaign seems to be reeling over the attention her husband Marcus Bachmann is getting for his “pray the gay away” therapy, and Mrs. Bachmann is now saying that the topic of her spouse and their business is off limits.

Just as a footnote, in 2008 Bachmann was more than happy to take shots at Michelle Obama.

  

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