January 31, 2006

BUT I MADE HIM A GOOD NAZI!:

Rowley issues apology to Rep. John Kline over his depiction on website (Greg Gordon, January 30, 2006, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Rep. John Kline demanded and got an apology Monday from his Democratic rival, Coleen Rowley, for a doctored picture on her campaign website depicting him as Colonel Klink, a bumbling Nazi prison camp commandant in an old TV comedy series.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2006 8:50 PM
Comments

I was more annoyed by the abuse of President Grant in the same ad. He may not have been a great President, but he was a great general and a good American, and never profited from the scandals that sapped his administration. It is worth nothing that he could only provide for his wife by finishing his memoirs just before he died of cancer.

Posted by: HT at January 31, 2006 9:18 PM

Geoffrey Perret makes the excellent point in his grant biography that we only remember his administration as especially corrupt because he was the first to preside over the big government the Civil War created with its myriad opportunities for corruption. Every administration since had had such scandals.

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2006 9:22 PM

The problem with the whole thing is that Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes wasn't a Nazi, just a bumbling, time-serving bureaucrat in uniform.

Actually, a recurrent theme of the series was Klink's run-ins with black-uniformed, arm-banded SS and trench-coated Gestapo, from which he extricated himself with Hogan's assistance.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 1, 2006 2:32 PM

Any rebuke from the Strib, or do they agree that calling a Republican veteran a Nazi is OK?

Posted by: ratbert at February 2, 2006 8:57 AM
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