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I have my reservations about Congressman Keith Ellison, who has had to reword and fudge statements he's made in the past (such his claim that Louis Farrakhan is not an anti-Semite). Well, now Ellison has compared the Bush administration to … Read More

By / July 20, 2007

I have my reservations about Congressman Keith Ellison, who has had to reword and fudge statements he's made in the past (such his claim that Louis Farrakhan is not an anti-Semite). Well, now Ellison has compared the Bush administration to the Nazi Party and of course brought down upon himself the full wrath of the ever-excitable Anti-Defamation League. The ADL offered Ellison the chance to recant this sordid analogy before it "went public" with its condemnation of him, an opportunity Ellison eagerly accepted. But – wouldn't you know it – just as he and his damage control team were working out the precise language that recantation would take, the ADL fired off a premature ejaculation to the media, anyway.

How silly. If a U.S. representative wants to hang himself by his own historical illiteracy, he should be able to in peace and quiet. At the very least, the outraged should not be drafting cynical get-out-of-jail free cards, only to then deny them to the guilty party out of — what, exactly? How much lower can the ADL go?

Here's what Ellison said:

In his July 8 speech, Ellison said that Bush's post-9/11 policies "kind of reminds me" of the Reichstag fire. "After the Reichstag was burned," he said, the Nazis "blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."

This is neither original nor accurate, and it'd be a refreshing change of pace if alarmist special interests groups could learn to keep their cool and let stupidity do its own dutiful work upon the public. Quaint that Ellison once identified with an outfit whose Hebraiotrophic tendencies are a sight less than those of the current White House (as every resistance fighter of the glowering "cabal" will tell you). Unilluminating, too, given that Hitler went on to strike a notorious friendship pact with the very Communists he tried to scapegoat for the Reichstag immolation. Unless "kind of" encompasses the possibility that George Bush might team up with Osama bin Laden, Ellison has reduced himself — and historical atrocity — to adolescent point-scoring. Not bad for a freshman representative. Not bad at all.

There's enough of an indictment of the Bushies to be made on its own terms. Why anyone would need to invoke genocidal 20th century horrors — especially when they were so reluctant to do so with respect to Saddam Hussein — is one that I'm sure our able commenters can explain below.

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