07/23/2012 10:26 am ET

Why Washington's Elite Rallied Around Huma Abedin

Earlier this month, five House Republicans, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, alleged that Huma Abedin, a longtime personal aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Representative Anthony Weiner, was part of an Islamic terrorist plot to infiltrate the United States government. As news of the letter filtered out this week, the backlash gave the impression that an exceptional number of Washington elites — including top Republicans like John McCain and John Boehner — were rushing to Abedin's defense. The allegations may have been extreme and unfounded enough to cause Republicans to turn against one another, but this wasn't the first outrageous charge Bachmann ever made.

So why the outpouring of bipartisan support for a political aide?

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