Victoria Jackson and Sen. Jim DeMint Raise Nazi Spectre

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Strange bedfellows, indeed.

Senator Jim Demint, in a talk at the National Press Club, compared Obama’s America to Nazi Germany:

Part of what we’re trying to do in “Saving Freedom” is just show that where we are, we’re about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy.

Whoah, there, Jim, wasn’t Germany’s bigger problem a guy named Hitler?  We don’t have anyone like that, do we?  Actually, DeMint has some pretty credible support on this.  Here’s noted political scientist and SNL alum Victoria Jackson talking about health care reform, and finishing his thought:

Hitler did this. He killed the weak, the sick, the old, and babies and races/religions he didn’t like. Hitler also controlled the media. (Where’s the public debate between scientists on “Climate Change/Global Warming?”) Hitler had the VW bug invented as the state car. What will O’s nationalized car be?

Wingnut comparisons of Barack Obama to Hitler are nothing new.  What I love here is the synchronicity, the juxtaposition.  DeMint tries the time-worn cliche of making superficial, clinical comparisons to the Nazis, and has Victoria Jackson there to (coincidentally) extend the metaphor for him.

Don’t these folks see how simultaneously comical and trivializing these comparisons are?  It’s like saying that mosquitoes are a Holocaust on your arms and legs.

Still, it’s nice that DeMint got Victoria Jackson to stand next to him on this.  Maybe the GOP can get Carrot Top as their next communications director.

I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but maybe these folks are watching too much Star Trek.

Update: Below the Beltway makes a good point, outside my thesis, about a somewhat gentler Nazi reference by Al Gore.

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6 Comments

  1. […] Christopher puts it best: Don’t these folks see how simultaneously comical and trivializing these comparisons are? It’s […]

  2. say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

    Oh man, I am glad I got the library to order this book. All I need is some popcorn and I am set for an interesting evening when it comes in.

    You know what episode they should imitate next? A Piece of the Action. Or maybe City on the Edge of Forever. I’d love to see the GOP Players tackle the “mechanical rice-picker”.

    Also, GODWIN! OH MAN! MASSIVE GODWIN! I haven’t seen a Godwin that bad in quite some time. Because damn. The probability of a comparison involving Nazis and/or Hitler approaches 1, indeed.

  3. Wow, check out Alexs Star Trek knowledge!
    Victoria Jackson. What a waste. She really had a lot of talent and her tonight show debut was a classic. Too bad she’s crazy. I know I’m alone on my VJ take here.
    She was a pain in the ass on SNL with her born again hoobity doobity and now she can’t even get a job.

  4. Wrong again, Fitzi. I used to love VJ, and was annoyed beyond belief when she quit showbiz to get married.

  5. Wasn’t Victoria Jackson’s schtick to be a dumb assed bimbo, that rambled on and didn’t make any sense, but really really tried hard to make it LOOK like she knew what she was talking about??

    HolyCrap…it wasn’t an act!!

  6. Again?! Again?!

    All great comedy is based on stupidity. Gracy Allen, Tom Smothers, Andy Kaufman was psychedelic stupid, Harpo Marx was positively brain damaged. Tracy Jordan sucks when he does his angry guy thing in stand up but is brilliant as a crazy stupid guy. Coming from innocence you can get away with saying anything. I think innocence is the point but stupid is a great way to get to innocence.
    Cool and assured just isn’t funny and angry takes a load of talent . The only angry guy I like is Lewis Black. I mean I’ll laugh for a while but then I start getting pissed at them myself. Funny how that works. All this goes out the window with Dane Cook (hope I got that right). He’s not angry, very stupid and not funny. Oh, the joke where his brother stole a million or so bucks from him was pretty funny. Carlos Mencia is a thief but Joe Rogan is ACTUALLY stupid, so that doesn’t work.


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