Michele Bachmann McCarthyism: Run for your lives

If you've avoided the internet for the weekend, you missed one hell of a trip down Rep. Michele Bachmann insanity lane. We know we say this more than we should, but seriously this time she's taken it to a new extreme.

On Friday's Hardball, Bachmann told Chris Matthews that the media should investigate members of Congress for anti-American views:

"What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think the American people would love to see an expose like that."

When asked about Sen. Barack Obama's views she said, "Absolutely, I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views."

Check out the video after the jump, plus a full weekend play-by-play to get up to speed on this nonsense.

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of "The Nation", came on to respond to Bachmann's interview, calling it McCarthyism that is distractive and hurtful to American politics:

via DumpBachmann

Shortly after her statement, the video turned viral, spreading across the country and spurring Web sites and stories about Bachmann. Censure Bachmann went live and as of Sunday night it had more than 44,000 signatures.

We all expected some kind of reaction from Bachmann's campaign with a "we screwed up" take back. Of course not! How silly of us to think that the rest of her campaigners have their heads on straight. According to the Associated Press, her campaign came to her defense:

Michelle Marston, spokeswoman for Bachmann's reelection campaign, said it's "perfectly legitimate for the American people to want to know how all this informs his policy positions and what direction an Obama Administration would want to lead the nation."

Minnesota Democrats jumped on the opportunity, further drilling the association to McCarthyism. It's amazing how Bachmann makes it so easy to attack her.

Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Brian Melendez said Bachmann was playing with fire. "The last politician who used that term that carelessly was Joe McCarthy, and Michele Bachmann seems anxious to step into his shoes," Melendez said.

Some bloggers had the guts to come to Bachmann's defense, including Andy Aplikowski at Residual Forces:

Don't fall into the meme that the media and Obama campaign are desperate to have you bite on. Barrack Obama and many fringe liberals do not like what America is all about. Most just passively whisper it, some exercise free speech and protest, but others like Ayers and Wright, cross a line.

Bachmann appeared on WCCO Sunday morning to dig herself into a deeper hole:

Her remarks led to a GOP to enter the race as a write-in candidate, according to St. Cloud Times:

Aubrey Immelman, who mounted an unsuccessful Republican primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, said today he will file to run as a write-in candidate for the 6th Congressional District in the Nov. 4 election.

Immelman, a professor of political psychology at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, said he decided to run a write-in campaign after becoming upset at Bachmann's comments on a cable talk show Friday.

"The Republican Party needs to rebuild its image, and this cannot be done when its elected representatives say these kinds of things," he said.

Her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, couldn't have asked for a better moment just two weeks before Election Day. He responded to her statements:

Congresswoman Bachmann says everyone who disagrees with her is anti-American. Once again revealing her extreme ideology, Congresswoman Bachmann yesterday called for an "expose" on Senator Obama and those in Congress who disagree with her. Before this, Congresswoman Bachmann insisted that low income families with mortgages brought down Wall Street.

Congresswoman Bachmann continues to divide people rather than work with others to fix our economy.

And that's not it! We will continue pulling Bachmann news from our goodie bag, so make sure to check back throughout the day for more updates on the story. We have so much about her opponent's rush of nationwide support and Colin Powell's statements about Bachmann that you will see separate entries soon.

In the meantime, check out our archive of Bachmann news. Unfortunately we now have to share our favorite Minnesotan's insanity with the rest of the world, but we welcome you to join in on the conversation about why our state was blind enough to elect her.

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