I never thought I’d devote a post to appreciation for John Boehner, but I’ve been startled by the defense he and John McCain offered for Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin. Abedin was attacked in print by Michele Bachmann and four other Republicans for purported links to the Muslim Brotherhood. This kind of slimy guilt by innuendo and association has been too much practiced of late. I thought we’d forever left behind an era where decency required politicians to denounce phony charges against their opponents. (You don’t hear many Republicans standing up to refute phony allegations that Obama is a Muslim, for example.) Boehner proved that there are limits still, and I salute him for it.