Today's most popular political parlor games are guessing the humiliating depths to which Mitt Romney can plunge, the greatest number of unbalanced plates John Boehner can spin, and the sheer quantity of desperately needed legislation Mitch McConnell can obstruct. But no guessing session is complete without also asking just how much more oleaginously sinister Eric Cantor can become.
Asked this morning by CBS' Charlie Rose if Michele Bachmann (et al) was "out of line" for casually smearing an esteemed public servant, Cantor said only,
I think that if you read some of the reports that have covered the story, I think that her concern was about the security of the country. So it’s about all I know.
Is he worried about excessive intolerance?--you know, which is practically a GOP platform plank? You can probably guess his answer:
[T]here is equal opportunity of intolerance, unfortunately, Charlie, in this country.
What a foul, sniveling little man. In his diseased mind the attempted, utterly baseless character assassination of a first-rate public servant is no different from ... I'm trying to think of some Democratic something in, or even around, the same universe of mortifying scurrility in which the squalid Eric Cantor resides. I'm afraid I can't come up with anything. Nothing. Nothing at all. (Oh wait. There's Harry Reid: Poppycock!)
Let us refresh our minds, and enlighten Mr. Cantor's, since he claims to be largely in the dark. Bachmann & Co.'s letter (pdf) to State "raises serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be the result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood" [italics mine].
The letter, on U.S. Congressional letterhead, immediately segues to Huma Abedin, her relations, her family's purported relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, all of which then instantly loops back to recent State Department actions that "have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests"--actions which are "deeply problematic" and "may even pose security risks for this nation."
Paranoid suspicion thus magically morphs into virtual fact--so what else to do, but investigate and expose? In Bachmann/CantorWorld, such paranoia is called the logic of national-security concerns.
Even during the frostiest period of the Cold War, the United States Congress had had enough of Bachmann's prototype, Joe McCarthy. The Senate censured his malevolent ass, stuck it on an ice floe, and sent him adrift into the drunken delirium of cirrhosis. Of course ice floes are harder to find these days, what with Republican-denied global warming, but Minnesota would be a good place to start looking for one.