Are Bachmann and Sununu Attacks Part of a New McCarthyism? - She the People
John Sununu apologized, not for the sentiment but for these words: “I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”
The former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff was speaking as a Mitt Romney surrogate, and the message was an old one, heard since Barack Obama was a presidential candidate. “This guy is not really one of us. He’s someone and something else.” Got it. Heard it. Sure we’ll hear it again and again. Birth certificates are no longer enough. From now on, one must pass the Sununu citizenship test.
Even for those who accept that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, it is, don’t you know, a state unlike any other - multiracial, multicultural and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Sununu, who was born in Havana, Cuba, has looked at the president’s background and decided it doesn’t fit, all irony apparently lost amid the bluster.
His guy Romney, whose father was born in Mexico, mostly stood back looking sheepish. Plausible deniability is what it’s usually
In another case of “are you now or have you ever been,” a voice rising in defense of the latest accused American was Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, living up to his one-time maverick label.
He strongly defended Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin against unproven accusations that tie her to a supposed conspiracy of the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the U.S. government.
McCain said on the Senate floor: “Huma represents what is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully.”
While that should be the end of it, with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and other members of Congress floating the charges and asking for investigations, the issue is not likely to die. All it takes is murky guilt by a