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January 06, 2004

IT'S NOT JUST SOME OBSCURE IDIOT IN A CONTEST

RNC Chair Ed Gillespie is a liar. Not quite polished because his lies actually hurt his cause in the same news cycle.

He's super POed and not afraid to tell anybody that there was a MoveOn.org ad that compared Bush to Hitler. He's also not afraid to tell anybody that MoveOn plans to spend $7 million to air it.

The truth is that there was an ad up on thw site, one of 1,500 entries. It was put up there to be voted on by, you know, actual people. The actual, you know, people, hated it, thought it was stupid and down the toilet it went.

Down the toilet, in this case like so many others leads directly to the RNC Web site, which is now where most people will see the ad. See how exploiting Hitler outrage is bad for the other side but good for them?

Or something.

Except the Holocaust and Hitler are brought up frequently as extreme examples of, well all kinds of things.

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, for instance,
reminds us that Grover Norquist compared the estate tax to the Holocaust, Apartheid and communism.
Norquist referred to the supposedly specious argument that the estate tax was worth keeping because it really affected only "2 percent of Americans." He went on: "I mean, that's the morality of the Holocaust. 'Well, it's only a small percentage,' you know. I mean, it's not you. It's somebody else."

From the transcript, it seems that Gross couldn't believe her ears. "Excuse me," she interjected. "Excuse me one second. Did you just . . . compare the estate tax with the Holocaust?"

Norquist explained himself. "No, the morality that says it's okay to do something to a group because they're a small percentage of the population is the morality that says the Holocaust is okay because they didn't target everybody, just a small percentage." He went on to liken the estate tax to apartheid in the old South Africa and to the communist regime of the old East Germany. How he neglected Iraq under Saddam Hussein I will never know.


Now, logically, his argument makes sense — Just because a tiny amount of people are effected doesn't make it right to persecute them (well, blacks were and are the majority in South Africa, but ...

The column goes on to state that Norquist pretty much has the ear of today's elected leaders. The actual point of the article is about how Republicans are so rabidly anti-tax (Bush?) they'll say and do anything. Difference? Elections got the Republicans there.

And then there's this. (via Counterspin)

And Rush "feminazi" Limbaugh certainly should bear some of the "credit" for all this.