February 9, 2006


On the Capitol Grounds, Grass Roots Rising (Dana Milbank, February 9, 2006, Washington Post)

The people out on the West Lawn of the Capitol were the kind of God-fearing, flag-waving conservatives who usually adore President Bush. But not yesterday.

"The president doesn't want secure borders!" Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) shouted to the anti-immigration rally, organized by the Minuteman Project. "He has the resources to do so, but the unfortunate, dirty truth of the matter is he has no desire to do so." [...]

The fervor subsided only when two men dressed in brown and wearing swastikas goose-stepped toward the Minutemen and gave a Nazi salute. The men, straight out of "The Producers," handed out fliers encouraging the Minutemen to "end your alliance with the Republicans!!!" -- and join the American Nazi Party. Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist called for an intermission "to resolve this situation."

Still think Karl "Bialystock" Rove isn't a genius?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 9:08 PM

Also worth noting is this quote from a senator who represents some Midwestern state, I forget which one:

Sen. Chuck Hagel [...] pronounced himself "a bit amused" by Vice President Cheney's concession that he'd be "willing to listen" to Congress about the surveillance program. "He's got a very skewed misunderstanding of the Constitution," Hagel told The Washington Post's Charles Babington. "It doesn't work that way. The Congress is a co-equal branch of government. . . . So to arrogantly say, 'We're willing to listen to them,' that's not good enough."

Hagel's voting record is actually a lot more conservative than his usual rhetoric indicates, but you'd think he'd get his own point: It doesn't work that way.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 9, 2006 9:42 PM

So congress and the executive are co-equal, which means the executive has to obey congress?

In my perfect world, Cheney would thrash Hagel within an inch of his life, using a rolled up copy of the Constitution.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 9, 2006 10:02 PM

Though "wrong", the correct response would have been to beat up the two Nazis....that way all reports on the situation would have to state that the Minutemen beat up a couple guys dressed as Nazis. Am I wrong?

Posted by: RC at February 10, 2006 5:58 AM

They only take on desperate immigrants.

Posted by: oj at February 10, 2006 7:12 AM

"Costume Nazi's" are always used by the
media anytime nationalism tries to rear
it's head in America. All it takes is two or
three of them and any legitimate demonstration
is overshadowed.

Posted by: J.H. at February 10, 2006 9:06 AM

Doesn't take the costume to share the ideology.

Posted by: oj at February 10, 2006 9:09 AM

I guess it's not an ad hitlerum argument when you actually dress up that way.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 10, 2006 1:46 PM

Gilchrist should have been prepared - he needed about a dozen blackshirts at the ready to hustle these guys off to the nearest alley. Just like what happened to Roehm.

Posted by: ratbert at February 10, 2006 4:11 PM