Thursday, July 24, 2008

Right-wing changes tactics; Obama isn't a closet Muslim, he's Hitler

July 24, 2008
World, U.S. Politics

You know that the whisper campaign about Obama's 'secret Muslim' heritage has jumped the shark when a left-wing establishment like the New Yorker is parodying it. So Obama's critics are switching up their messaging. The Democratic candidate isn't just a Muslim in a fancy suit, he's actually the second-coming of Adolf Hitler.

A few right-wing pundits have made the comparison (here and here). But with Barack visiting Germany the time for comparison is ripe.

Nixon speechwriter/game-show host/creationism booster Ben Stein pilloried the senator for wanting to accept his nomination at the Democratic convention at a stadium in front of a large crowd. Speaking on CNN's Glenn Beck:

TEIN: I want -- I'm glad you brought up this Denver thing. I don't like the idea of Senator Obama giving his acceptance speech in front of 75,000 wildly cheering people. That is not the way we do things in political parties in the United States of America. We have a contained number of people in an arena. Seventy-five-thousand people at an outdoor sports palace, well, that's something the Fuehrer would have done. And I think whoever is advising Senator Obama to do this is bringing up all kinds of very unfortunate images from the past.

It's easy to see how the comparison could be made. He talks good, he's giving a speech in Berlin. He's even handing out literature in German that looks an awful lot like Nazi propaganda points out right-wing blogger Melissa Clouthier. The similarities are mind boggling.

Nevemind that any number of U.S. political figures have made well-received speeches in Germany. Kennedy's 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech comes to mind, he even speaks in German in that one, but no Hitler comparisons there. There's also Reagan's stirring 'tear down this wall' speech. But the right-wing won't be comparing Saint Ronnie to The Fuhrer anytime soon. ...

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