Marco Rubio is far from the worst candidate running, but he does have his flaws, prominently including his untrustworthiness on immigration, his interventionist outlook that might get us bogged down in another war, his noticeable lack of experience, and — less often noted — his siding with Huma Abedin’s Republican fan club against Michele Bachmann.
As a congresswoman in 2012, Bachmann heroically sounded the alarm regarding Shrillary’s sinister sidekick’s multiple connections to the fountainhead of all Islamic terror organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann was sanctimoniously shouted down by a RINO eager to make a pageant of his preference for political correctness over national security, namely the insufferable John McCain — with support from Lindsey Graham, John Boehner, and alarmingly, Marco Rubio. As the Islamophilic moonbats at Salon barked at the time:
Rubio … disagreed with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s baseless call to investigate Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the U.S. government.
Appearing on NPR’s Diane Rehm show, Rubio was asked by a caller if he would join Republican Sen. John McCain’s strong condemnation of the anti-Muslim witch hunt on the Senate floor yesterday. While Rubio said he doesn’t personally know Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whom Bachmann accused of being connected to the Brotherhood, the Florida Republican said, “Everyone I talk to who has dealt with her, [says she is] a professional and hardworking and patriotic American who loves her country and in the service of her country is serving it.”
“I am not a signatory to that letter,” Rubio said of Bachmann’s letters to the inspectors general of several national security agencies demanding investigations. “I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter. …”
Rubio’s comments are decidedly more circumspect than McCain’s, but it is still unusual for someone in his position to speak out publicly against someone in his own party.
Shark Tank provided a more reasonable perspective:
While Salon is no doubt spinning Rubio’s reaction being a condemnation of Bachmann, what is perplexing is why Rubio appears to be so risk-adverse and hesitant to ask some common-sense national security questions in this matter. After reading the letter, there is nothing wrong with the questions Bachmann and her colleagues have raised, regardless of whether they’re perceived as inconvenient questions by Democrats. … Bachmann’s questions are valid ones and should not be dismissed out of hand.
Bachmann questioned Abedin’s family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, and she made it clear that Abedin was not being singled out. Bachmann rightly questioned how Abedin received such high security clearance given her family’s membership with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hindsight reveals Bachmann’s questions to be even more valid than we knew, now that Huma may be indicted for mishandling classified information.
As Torey Dawn Hodges rightly asks,
How do we know, as events unfold, that the very emails deemed too classified for investigators and congressional staffers to even analyze were not, in fact, passed on to another server maintained by the very Muslim Brotherhood that Bachmann feared was gaining access and influence?
We don’t, in part because Bachmann had the rug pulled out from under her by fellow Republicans, including Marco Rubio.