September 4, 2004


Closing Laps in Race to November (Mike Allen and Lois Romano, September 4, 2004, Washington Post)

Kerry surrogates were also out in full force Friday, taking issue with many of the specific attacks leveled at the Democratic nominee during the GOP convention. In a morning conference call with reporters, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) vowed that "the rebuttal of what they've thrown at us has just begun."

Former senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) took the defense a step further by comparing the Republicans' misleading statements to those of Nazi Germany. "You've just got to separate out fact from fiction. . . . Too often, too often, in this country, if you hear something repeated, it's the old Hitler business -- if you hear something repeated, repeated, repeated, repeated, you start to believe it," he said.

If you had a dollar for every time a Democrat has compared the President to Hitler or Republicans to Nazis you could pay or the next Swift Boat ad.

MORE (via Ed Driscoll):
Prime-time Republicans are hard to take (HUGH PEARSON, September 2, 2004, NY Newsday)

As I watched Tuesday night's network coverage of the unrelenting political propaganda hour known as the Republican National Convention, the first thought that came to mind was of old newsreels of those self-congratulatory Nazi rallies held in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler.

For many people, I'm sure, such a comparison sounds extreme. Yet, just as the Nazis were obsessed with endless displays of swastikas, the Republicans are obsessed with the red, white and blue (for that matter, the Democrats are, too).

In the same manner that the German people were told that Nazi leadership was faultless, the Republicans are telling the American public that no one knows what's best for the world except the current leadership in the White House.

"If you believe this country and not the United Nations is the best hope for democracy, then you are a Republican!" bellowed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the same way that Nazis rationalized doing away with democratic rights and launching a pre-emptive war to protect the self-interests of the Third Reich, Republicans this week continue to encourage the American public to ignore our Constitution's directive that only Congress has the right to declare war (thus, we are not officially at war with anyone), and that a pre-emptive war with no exit strategy will actually protect "the American way of life," rather than further endanger it.

Simultaneously, on the streets of New York City, the police are responding to dissent by protesters from around the country with a mild approximation of the kind of crackdown that happened decades ago in Germany.

Yeah, comparing NYC cops to brownshirts will help.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2004 6:24 PM

Add this to the list as well.

Some enterprising blogger could get himself a lot of traffic by doing a "Godwin's Law" blog and collecting all of these references in one place, assuming that no one actually has already.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at September 4, 2004 7:09 PM


Whoops--didn't realize you had a category called "Obligatory Nazi Reference"!

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at September 4, 2004 7:42 PM

A recently added and ineptly kept feature. :)

Posted by: oj at September 4, 2004 7:49 PM

Comparing the NYPD to Nazis is so 60s. But then the whole Kerry campaign is so 60s. If he weren't such a snobby gigolo, I'd expect him to start wearing tie-dye shirts and love beads. However, Armani doesn't make tie-dye shirts and love beads.

Posted by: Bart at September 4, 2004 10:52 PM

I'd slap my forehead in disbelief at this likening of the NYPD to the SA, except that on another board I frequent (which has, unfortunately, a higher Left proportion than this one) at least one poster - who was in NYC for the demos - said that the Bush Administration was in control of the NYPD. That'll be a surprise to the people who patrol one of the staunchest Democratic cities in the nation.

Posted by: Joe at September 4, 2004 11:17 PM

Ah yes, John Glenn, card-carrying member of the Keating 5.

Posted by: Tom at September 5, 2004 2:22 PM

What in the world made Mr. Pearson think that he wouldn't see unrelenting propaganda while watching the political parties' conventions ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 6, 2004 4:05 AM

Is it just a tenuous link or is there anything to be learnt from Adolf and Arnold both being Austrian and their respective propergander/ noise machines?

Posted by: Bret at October 7, 2004 5:34 AM

Kerry was a Lieutenant, like Adolph.

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