As Bryan notes at the Tatler, former Reagan administration Attorney General Ed Meese is among a group of very distinguished conservative leaders who have submitted a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, urging Republican congressional leadership to get behind Reps. Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Lynn Westmorland and Tom Rooney. The five House conservatives have asked entirely appropriate questions about Muslim Brotherhood influence on our government.
The letter is harshly critical, and rightly so, of Republican leaders who have undermined our national security by making it difficult to raise concerns that are absolutely routine, both when high-level government positions are at issue and when American policy is obviously shifting in favor of organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, that have long been shunned precisely because they are hostile to our country.
Bryan also observes that Eric Cantor, the GOP majority leader in the House, defended his five colleagues in an interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose. Cantor refused to rebuke Congresswoman Bachmann who, he said, seemed to be acting out of concern for “the security of the country.” Cantor’s guarded refusal to condemn is not exactly a ringing endorsement — compare, for example, the letter from AG Meese and other conservative leaders, which praises Rep. Bachmann and her colleagues for exhibiting “good judgment, undeniable courage, and great patriotism.” Still, Cantor’s defense is better than what we’ve heard from the Republican establishment to date. Sounds like the voices of national security conservatives are being heard.