Can we agree that there is something a little grotesque going on when the White House Press Secretary feels obligated to say this?
“Whenever you compare anything to what the Nazis did, if you ever get to that point in your speech, stop, because nothing does, and hopefully, God willing, nothing ever will,” Gibbs told reporters.
What makes it particularly grotesque is that Gibbs was moved to say it not in response to a blogger or some noisy nutjob on the opposite fringe, but in response to someone relatively mainstream, popular (well, for MSNBC, anyway), and nominally on his administration's side: Keith Olbermann.
I share Patrick's distaste for the increasing petulance of the Obama Administration, but I'll give them this: I like it that they will call bullshit on the all-to-common fatuousness of Premature Hitlerization. (It's also known as PH. There are medications for this. Consult your doctor if perspective persists for more than four hours.) If they would just call bullshit when someone threw down the Nazi card in support of them, not just to criticize them, I'd be seriously impressed. They shouldn't have to wait long to try. Olberman will probably play the Nazi card again before the end of the week. As Michael Moynihan points out, Olbermann has a rather freakish obsession with Nazis that leads to appallingly frequent and meretricious comparisons when he disagrees with people. Read that list. I reached the boiling point when he went after First Amendment God Floyd Abrams as a "quisling" for supporting Citizens United..
I was going to write a satirical piece about how tiresome this must get for Olbermann's housekeeper, dry cleaner, concierge, etc., when I realized that Iowahawk had already written the same satirical piece about the Dick Durbin. So print that out, cross out "Dick Durbin" and put in "Keith Olbermann," and then imagine that I am as funny as Iowahawk.
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