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Sarah Palin says Barack Obama loves America, but Republican Michele Bachmann isn't so sure

Sarah Palin cut Barack Obama some slack today.

"I know Obama loves America," she said during a brief give-and-take with reporters aboard her campaign plane. She continued, "I'm sure that is why he's running for president. It's because he wants to do what he believes is in the best interest of this great nation. ... I don't question at all Barack Obama's love for this great country."

Our colleague Mark Silva at the Swamp has more on what Palin had to say. But whereas the Republican vice presidential candidate attested to Obama's patriotism, a GOP surrogate -- in a television appearance this evening bound to make the rounds on the Internet -- wasn't willing to concede that point.

Indeed, before Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was done, she raised the specter of the days of Joe McCarthy, suggesting an investigation of whether some of her Capitol Hill colleagues are "pro-America or anti-America."

Emulating Palin, we'll cut Bachmann some slack. She was parrying questions from Chris Matthews on his MSNBC "Hardball" show, which is not for the faint of heart. Still, she did not necessarily have to keep stepping deeper and deeper into the hole he kept digging for her.

Initially, they were discussing Obama, with Matthews quizzing her about the Republican-backed "robo calls -- viewed by many as over the top -- that play the Bill Ayers/terrorist card against the Democrat.

Bachmann says of Obama: "I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views."

Then she says: "I think the people that Barack Obama has been associating with are anti-American, by and large."

Matthews wonders if that includes Democratic leaders, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "I'm not going to say if they're anti-American or pro-American," Bachmann says.

Pressed by Matthews about members of Congress in general and whether, in essence, their patriotism should be called into question, Bachmann takes the bait. She calls on the media to launch a "penetrating expose and take a look ... at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-American or anti-American."

She adds: "I think people would love to see an expose like that."

We wonder if Bachmann truly comprehends what she endorsed at that moment. At any rate, here's the interview in full:

-- Don Frederick

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She really has no idea what she suggested. Amazing.

On a positive note, as I understand it this clip is driving folks to donate to her opponent's campaign.

And, an easy ad in the works here for her opponent as well. side-by-side video of her statements and a McCarthy deposition.

hmmmmm. What has this campaign brought forth. And, why don't some see it for what it is?

You can't be serious!!! Just when you think the Republican smear machine has reached the bottom of the barrel they roll out this idiot channeling Joe McCarthy??? Is she completely ignorant of the history of the body in which she sits? It is absolutely frightening how moronic some of our so-called "representatives" are. All I can say is I hope she pays the price come November 4.

I wonder when we will hear McCain repudiate these remarks?

Kind of odd that this should happen on the same day the Chicago Tribune endorses Obama, the first time it has endorsed a Democrat for President in its 160-plus year history...

It was inevitable that a Republican extremist would take cues from Palin and the Mc Cain campaign and try to launch a new Joe McCarthy-type witch hunt in Washington. In this case, it fell to one of the dimmest bulbs in the marquee to do it!

Literally, the most frightening thing I’ve EVER seen on TV in my entire lifetime! Are we witnessing a new era of McCarthyism? She actually referred to liberals as “anti-American” and called for an investigation of Congress to search for and root out anti-American elected officials.

Add this to Sarah Palin’s incendiary comments that Obama “pals around with terrorists” and the McCain Campaign’s new robo calls claiming that Obama “worked closely” with a terrorist whose radical group “killed Americans” and you have a recipe for the next great American witch hunt and a call to violence against Obama and other "leftist" (anti-American) leaders.

This is very dangerous rhetoric coming out of the Republican Party!!! Every American should study McCarthyism, read the Crucible, and send $$$$$$ to Bachman’s opponent (Tinklenberg) as soon as possible.

Seriously, do it now! I just sent $10. Anyone can afford 5 or 10 bucks!!!

Does anyone else feel like Sarah Palin acts like a teenage girl running for High School President?

The back stabbing she is so great at. The cutesy, "you betcha!" "wink wink" "gosh darnit!" Valley girl speak...I feel like I'm watching a movie about a teenage girl running for president of the high School, not a serious candidate for VP of the country!

It is eerie and bizarre to see this woman prancing around the public scene like a little girl LOVING the attention she's receiving.

I almost feel like she is a fool, if she weren't so ignorant of the whole thing.

Go back to Prom Queen, little Sarah...back to Prom.

This sounds to me like she wants her co workers to be investigated...would you be un-American if you were a public official...I would think you would be more un-American if you wanted the state that you were the govenor of to secede fromthe Alaska...Are Michelle and Sarah sounded like the same mouth talking...

It is sad that some people are so mindless

I can't believe this Bachman woman and her asinine views on liberalism as anti-americanism. I'm sure she's another republican hypocrite who will gladly take her "anti-american, liberal, social security checks some day." These GOPers are sick!

That's right. Cut the neo-McCarthyite some slack! After all, she is really, really stupid as well. And Chris Matthews is so mean with his questions, and in an INTERVIEW no less! The nerve of that man! Bachmann was just giving voice to what she really believes. The right-wing is held together by hatred of liberals and nothing else.

I'd never heard of Mrs. Bachmann or her opponent, but hearing her un-American statement was enough for me to donate to Mr. Tinklenberg. Apparently I'm not the only one; people have used to raise over $70,000 for Mr. Tinklenberg and some say that the total is nearly $100,000, including direct donations to his web site and other places.

how can this woman call herself a Representative!? she definitely doesn't represent me, and i hope she doesn't represent most Americans.

The Republicans are trying to welcome you into a new era of overt racism, everyone. And Michelle Bachmann will be first in line for her white robe.

Can't wait to see the ads against her when she runs for reelection...

What has happened to the Republican party?! Is this the legacy they want to leave behind - because they are surely sealing their fate these last weeks before Nov.4. I almost think that they're doing this on purpose so as to watch the Dems have complete control of Washington, and then blame everything that goes wrong in the country on them while the GOP regroups and reinvents themselves. Oh well, so goes the games in DC.

With friends like Bill Ayers, Rev. wright, Louis Farrakhan and to be the endorsed candidate of the American Communist Party, Michelle to say that Barrack Obama might be anti-American is a good find but a slam dunk!
We've always known that, but we the press have been afraid to say anything!

Simply nauseating.
I hope her constituants were that they may understand what a vile ,vile person is representing them.

1. john murtha accusing the haditha marines of cold blooded murder 2. john kerry "american soldiers are terrorizing iraqi women and children" (not the first time he slandered our troops) 3. dick durbin, on the senate floor, compared our troops to nazis, soviets and the khmer rouge 4. obama on the stump said "we are air raiding villages and killing civilians in afghanistan" these are just a sample...andI know you softheads will say these comments are out of context, thereby, validating why you're softheads!!!

Well, I'm one of them, at least. And I know what she stands for, which is why I didn't vote for her in 2006. She represents a solidly Republican district, centered around the town of St. Cloud and winding through the northern and eastern Twin Cities suburbs. She is not a front runner, necessarily, in the towns closer to Mpls/St Paul, but she wins running away in the rest of the district. And I'll bet you dollars to donuts that there are a lot of people in her district who think that there needs to be some sort of "Americanness" test like she does. I hope she loses but seriously doubt it. She is scary, but the nice part is that she is the least senior member of the MN delegation, and they'll keep her in her place.

She was not alone; another GOP, Congressman, was on another program essentially saying the same thing, using the almost the same words. This is the apparently the message. Couple this with the robocalls and this is what it has boiled down to. I'm independent and was undecided, now they have forced me into Obama's arms. I've no other choices than either stay home on Nov. 4 and wait for Joe the Palin-Joe-the-Plumber ticket in 2012 or jump on OB wagon.

Subject: Dear Red States

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and

we're taking the other Blue States with us.

In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon,

Washington , Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and

all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the

nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New


To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave

states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get

Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.

We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.

We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.

We get 85 percent of America 's venture capital and entrepreneurs.

You get Alabama .

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red

states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the

Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a

bunch of single moms.

Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and

anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back

from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your

evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to

their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show

pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you

success in Iraq , and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not

willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80

percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the

pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95

percent of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at

state dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high-tech

industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods,

sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus

Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with

88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care

costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the

tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern

Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh,

Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah

was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred

unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent

say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was

involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you

are people with higher morals then we lefties.

By the way, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt

weed they grow in Mexico.

Peace out,

Blue States

Geez, what’s the criteria for being anti-American ? Would not paying your property taxes on time or not filing your Congressional Personal Disclosure form on time be flaunting your civic duties ? That would make Congresswoman Bachmann anti-American. Her back property taxes have now been paid up but I suppose that the media will be so busy talking to all the other members of Congress that they will not have time to find out if Congresswoman Bachmann paid her $200 fine for late filing of her Disclosure form.

Or how about revealing “classified” information when she told a reporters about Iran’s secret plan to partition Iraq and turn half of the country into a “terrorist safe haven zone” called the “Iraq State of Islam.” That would be Congresswoman Bachmann in February 2007 who would not reveal her source but said “There’s already an agreement made. They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy.” Since this knowledge was not readily available it must be “classified” and anyone that revealed “classified” information must be anti-American, right ?
Sadly, with her strong supporters who got their voting orders in 2006 right from the pulpit, she will be re-elected.

I love America so much I just dontaed $50 to your opponent Elwyn Tinkelberg. And I also sent an email to every friend and relative I have in Minnesota with a link to your shameful words.

Love, a liberal.

Dear Sarah Palin: It was kind of you to speak well of Barack Obama, today. Nevertheless, "Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind." ~ Bahá'u'lláh

All pep Ladies. Have mercy on your poor sinking party and SHUT UP!!. You are making look your party shallow and stupid.

To a non-American like me, Michele Bachman's comments would be laughable if they were not so postively scary. She comes across as the mind-conditioned member of a fanatical cult. If most Americans buy her gibberish,. God help America!

Truly scary! This idiot needs to get a grip on reality. If anyone is anti-American it is her! Her vapid commentary avoids facts, creates distorted ideas and shows no understanding of what is going on in this country. Surely, she would vote for having George Bush serve for four more years is she could vote on it.

Dear Blue States,

You can take Obama with you!
We don't want him!!!!

Barbara in New Mexico

Perhaps you should do what you ask the rest her to do, GO BACK AND CHECK YOUR FACTS,. Your statement about air raiding villages is once again not the entire statement, but it seems like republicans cannot read a full sentence nor a full paragraph. I am an independant voter and have now moved over to the Obama camp. But all you ugly republicans out there keep spewing your filth and you will find more of us moving over. You keep rooting for Obama, I guess you can't read the American people who are sick of your constant lies and whining as you go down with the second titanic.

Everybody out her who wants to know how Bachman can be so vicious, check her biography on Wikipedia, she is a close confident of Karl Rove. Need I say anymore?

The forced smile of an attractive brunette while propagating hateful intolerant views seems to be a key Republican tactic. I wonder what Willimam F Buckley would make of this GOP... it's truly amazing how far this party has sunk.

Ms. Bachmann is an embarrassment OF EPIC PROPORTION to Minnesota.

I should know, I live there.

Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are spreading a very disturbing national disease called divisiveness amongst Americans. Divisive remarks like Pro-America and Anti-Americans will not and should not be tolerated. We should make sure we send these 2 packing on November 04. It is very dangerous to all us "Americans" not Pro-American, not Anti-American but all of us together as one American.

Dear BlueStates,

I'm from North Carolina, and as it is apparently a "toss-up" state now, due, hopefully to people learning their lessons about injecting religion into politics, could we come to your new blue paradise? At least those of us who are terrified of America ruled by any more Bush-like politicians.

PLEASE read the post by: Agapesong | October 18, 2008 at 01:56 AM

Right on Agapesong.

And to all of you blind, deaf and dumb republicans out there:

Have you not had enough of 8 years of misery?

How I wish Zappa were here to skewer this woman...

It is sad that this woman used the term anti-american and liberal together in a way that it could be said she is saying they mean the same thing. I watched the interview several times and it is clear she was saying that these anti-american people (Rev. Wright & Bill Ayers) are extreme leftists as well as being anti-american. She never said that the two are mutually exclusive. Does she think all liberals are anti-american? I'm not sure you can say that but maybe she does. The question is what does she think anti-american means?

The bigger question is why after writing in his own book that two very hate filled people were his mentors, both who have on many occasions preached for the destruction of america and hate against "white america", does Obama try to say that it was other people who suggested they were his mentors? How can americans be this dumb? Do people actually believe anything this guys says? I can say that I was born in zulaa bata and had five horns at birth. That does not make it true!

I am not a McCain person either but WOW americans are clinging to this Obama guy like he's some kind of messiah! The definition of a lier is someone who says one thing and does another. That america is Barrack Obama! McCain may not be mr wonderful either but the man is at least a selfless hero.

Ron Paul '08!!!

I am speechless. I can’t believe that this close to the end that someone ANYONE for either side would start to talk out the side of their neck. I watched this women spray her nasty inside all over the place. I’m not for McCain/Palin, but come on…… with friends like this….. she is the best player on Obama’s team.

How can anyone be so naive as to hang herself with all the rope that Matthews is handing her.

This specific archetype, the stridently fascist woman cornered, performs the function democrat voter goad.

How wonderfully ironic; speaking her own downfall whilst only speaking factually and out loud, that which her republican caucus allows at private lunches, daily.

If anyone does not think Ayer's is a psycho they are anti-American. Attempting to blow up buildings and citizens is by definition anti- American.I would think if your family was blown up you might agree. Obama does have a pretty strange group of friends and he blatantly lied about not knowing Wright's views. The press has abjectly failed to set aside partisanship and do their job in order to elect Obama and I find it scary.

Can we please get past the exploits of a bunch of crazy counter-culture hippies from the 60s?! I'd say they were so concerned about the direction the country was going in that they struck out in desperate, yet stupid, ways.

Most of these hippies are now old, reformed, mellow, and fine contributing members of society. They were youthful rebels; they got their voices heard; some spent time in prison; can we please move on?

I am TIRED of hearing this "pro-America" garbage. Give ME this "patriotism test", mudslingers, and I'll show YOU who knows more about American civics and social movements. Certainly NOT this ninny from Minnesota, despite the fact that she's a lawyer and one of our elected officials. Her blank eyes disturb me greatly.


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