Sunday, July 22, 2012

Exploding With Stupidity

Here's Jon Stewart from Thursday's Daily Show, nicely putting the comedic period on Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's increasingly-desperate quest to root out them thar evil Muslims secreted away in our government, as personified by Hilary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who made the mistake of, y'know, being Muslim. As Stewart demonstrates so well and so often, this really is one of those instances where, if you give someone enough rhetorical rope, they'll often hang themselves. And hoo-boy does Bachmann ever have an abundance of rope.

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Also, while we're on the subject, if there's one thing Michele Bachmann's Islamophobic McCarthyism demonstrates, it's how anti-Muslim rhetoric is sadly in no danger of dying out anytime soon in our discourse. To that end, my friend Jason Van Boom is teaching an online seminar titled "The New McCarthyism: Islamophobia, American Muslims, and the Progressive Response." It starts today, but will run for three weeks, and it's well worth a look.

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