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Editorial: Bachmann's back

Aaron Hagen/Daily Globe GOP presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann (right), R-Minn, greets supporters during a campaign stop at Pizza Ranch in Sibley, Iowa.

Say this about Michele Bachmann; she's not afraid to speak her mind.

And say this, too: There are almost certainly many, many far-right Republicans who believe and agree with nearly everything she says.

And, finally: It's too bad a fair degree of what comes out of her mouth is presented without a shred of evidence.

Bachmann, who seems to be in politics only to stir any number of pots, again became a lightning rod for controversy last week over comments she made about Keith Ellison, a fellow U.S. representative from Minnesota.

"Well, he has a long record of being associated with CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) and with the Muslim Brotherhood," Bachmann remarked during an interview with conservative commentator Glenn Beck. Days earlier, Bachmann came under criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for suggesting that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, also has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

First of all, Bachmann has not substantiated either of her claims - a fact that should not be lost on voters in her congressional district. And secondly, some pretty big GOP names are not mincing words when it comes to Bachmann's outrageous insinuations. House Speaker John Boehner, for one, Bachmann's allegations about Abedin "dangerous." Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee on which Bachmann sits, said, "That kind of assertion certainly doesn't comport with the Intelligence Committee, and I can say that on the record." It almost seems like may channeling a small child who can't differentiate reality from make-believe.

It seems like someone needs a time-out from Washington.

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