Bachmann's Political Star Fading Fast

Monday, 23 Jul 2012 10:51 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Her recent overreach in accusing a trusted aide of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood has put Rep. Michele Bachmann back in the spotlight and has unveiled a new reality for the former presidential candidate: her political star is fading fast, according to The Hill.

At this time last year, the Republican from Minnesota was leading Mitt Romney in a number of Iowa polls before going on to win the Ames Straw poll in August. Now she might not even secure a speaking role at the GOP convention next month, The Hill reported.

One GOP lawmaker told The Hill that Bachmann’s open questioning of Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, is “an embarrassment to the entire conference” and added that Bachmann has been “a total disaster and distraction for us.”

Other Republican lawmakers who are supportive of Bachmann called her Abedin attack “an overreach” and “a big mistake,” The Hill reported.

One veteran GOP lawmaker told The Hill that Bachmann “needs to be very careful and pick her shots. This is the kind of thing you look at and your eyes roll before you’ve even gotten to the bottom of the article . . .  And it just smacks of somebody that is just desperate to get in the newspaper as opposed to make a point.”

Sen. John McCain criticized Bachmann on the Senate floor and his speech sparked a string of GOP criticism of Bachmann, including by Speaker John Boehner and Bachmann’s former presidential campaign manager, Ed Rollins, who wrote in an op-ed that Bachmann’s charges mirrored McCarthyism.

Bachmann said that she never implied that Abedin was compromised.

“[McCain] went on the Senate floor and he gave a spirited defense of Huma Abedin, who is a friend of his . . . All we’re saying because we did not infer that she is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or that she’s working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Bachmann said, according to The Hill.

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