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June 25, 2010

WIDESPREAD GOP COMFORT WITH SOWELL'S HITLER COMPARISON.... There has been a little too much right-wing criticism of late about President Obama securing $20 billion in escrow for Gulf Coast victims of BP's oil spill. I realize that everything the president does must be opposed, regardless of merit, and conservatives tend to offer reflexive support for oil giants, regardless of culpability, but it's quickly becoming farcical.

This week, for example, prominent right-wing columnist Thomas Sowell said the president's efforts to get BP to create a relief fund for families and businesses in the region are comparable to the Reichstag making Hitler a dictator. The unambiguous headline read, "Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?"

It was a new low for the right, at least in this debate. Dave Weigel noted he considered Sowell's argument "un-endorseable."

I'd hoped the same thing, but this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R), a right-wing Texan, appeared on the House floor to endorse the Sowell piece. Today, former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) used Twitter to do endorse it, too.

The right-wing Fox News personality had two tweets to get her message across:

GOP: Don't let the lamestream media suck you into "they're defending BP over Gulf spill victims" bs...

...This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab. Read Thomas Sowell's article: http://u.nu/6e4ec

Even for Palin, this is pretty crazy. Sowell compared Obama to Hitler -- and now Palin is encouraging her minions to read the piece, as if the unhinged argument has value.

Granted, Palin didn't personally compare Obama to Hitler; she "merely" endorsed an article that did. If she'd said, "Can you believe what this whackjob said about the president?" I wouldn't accuse her of endorsing a disgusting argument. But that's clearly not what happened here. Palin touted a truly outrageous piece of garbage because she agrees with the substance of the argument.

And the right slips a little further into hopeless insanity.

Update: Just as an aside, the "they're defending BP over Gulf spill victims" argument isn't b.s.; it's reality.

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There is indeed a "Hitler comparison" to be made, but the Right needs to look in the mirror when doing so.

Palin and her followers come across exactly the way Hitler and the Brownshirts in the late 20s were described to me by a knowledgeable person who was there at the time.

The reason the Right knows so much about Hitler is "you can't see what you don't do."

Posted by: TCinLA on June 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

Insanity and total assholeism. Not to mention sheer illogical stupidity. I've been turning it around in my head, trying to find a way to turn the $20 billion into an unconstitutional power grab, and I just haven't seen it yet.

Maybe there's nothing in the law or the Constitution that authorizes the President to urge a private company to put up $20 billion to compensate the victims of their malfeasance, but that's only because it isn't needed. You or I could have done the same thing. BP agreed because they realized it's in their best interest, and if they'd refused the only recourse would have been to take them to court. Tyranny!

Posted by: Stephen Stralka on June 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

It looks like there's a no-kidding Obsessive Obama Disorder out there on the Right. So, just for the record-- if you ever thought that right-wing hatred of Bill and Hillary was a special case, guess again.

Posted by: MattF on June 25, 2010 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

This is not just another whackjob comment. Palin is truly dangerous for America. Go read Pierce in Slacker Friday for a real insight into Ms. Palin. She is reflexive AND stupid. And many voters are following her down the rabbit hole.
http://www.thenation.com/blog/36409/slacker-friday Part The Ultimate. There is not one good idea among the bunch of them. They are not trying to take this country 'back'...they are trying to create a country of their dreams. And OMIGOD they call US the 'elites'...

Posted by: SYSPROG on June 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

There is no reason the executive branch can't settle a potential law suit with BP for 20 billion.

These people are so idiotic.

Posted by: anon on June 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Just as an aside, the "they're defending BP over Gulf spill victims" argument isn't b.s.; it's reality.

Palin's capacity for lying has no boundaries.

Posted by: g on June 25, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

Palin makes Eva Braun look sympathetic in comparison.
Another plus for Eva - she didn't tweet.

Why aren't Palin tweets called 'twit's?"

Posted by: c u n d gulag on June 25, 2010 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

Every time I hear that Palin has reared her head I feel sick, why does this ignorant woman have to put in a comment about all the things she is ignorant of?
For the record I grew up in WW2 England, being bombed by Hitler's air force.I hope everyone knows that WW2 started in 1939 not 1942, I wonder if they are familiar with the enthusiastic support for Hitler from the right wing and corporations in the US. Prestcott Bush - GW's grandfather was instrumental in getting military supplies to the Nazi's - but I guess we are not supposed to talk about that!

Posted by: jJS on June 25, 2010 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

"Even for Palin, this is pretty crazy."

I'm sorry, but you really lost me here. How is this somehow anyway beyond the norm for Sister Sarah?

Posted by: Perspecticus on June 25, 2010 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

Great reporting on Daily Kos about Bobby Jindal, the way he was running around saying the government not give him the resources to fight the oil, it seems like he got the whole 6000 but only used about 1000 National Guard and left the others twiddling their thumbs.
Apparently a plot to take the heat of BP and put it on to the federal government.

Posted by: Joan on June 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans know all about power-grabbing. It's their forte. Like using the religious right to use their power, then shitting on them when they're inconvenient (which I am so delighted to see!). Sarah Palin on the other hand is herself a lamestream media moron; twitter is her speed/forte, that and complete incompetence and ignorance. I'm glad she's in the "Nazi/Shakedown/conspiracy/tyrrany" mix now because it's now "guaranteed" to turn to shit! Again “Gomer ‘Pile’” better never cross my path or he’s going to get his ass whooped.

Posted by: Bitch-Slap-Palin Trollop on June 25, 2010 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

It's amazing - in a "I can't believe what I'm hearing" kind of way - when Republicans and their supporters throw around phrases like "on a slippery slope to tyranny" and "executive power grab" yet they cannot see that, in actuality, that was exactly, I mean exactly, what BushCo was doing during their 8 years of horror.

While our 'he said/she said' media mentality might respond with something like "it's always that way when you're not in power", it really was that way (and some hope yet to do it) under BushCo. It's not tyranny when you do it, I suppose.

Posted by: terraformer on June 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

Palin: ...This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab.

Whenever the wingnuts say "rule of law" it's a smokescreen so hold on to your Constitutional rights because you're about to get fleeced coming and going.

For them, "rule of law" has come to mean "extra-legal powers that we arrogate to ourselves in virtue of our self-appointed political privilege while denying you even your basic legal rights."

Posted by: trex on June 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

So when does the genocide begin? How does anyone know what was discussed between Obama and BP? Did he have a gun to their head or just explained the process that would be in their best onterests? I agree with Stephen Stralka above in that it would be prudent for BP to make an out of court settlement, because that's all this amounts to. If someone makes a claim to this fund, I am quite sure they will have to waive any rights to a civil case. Others can choose to go to court, if they are willing to take the risk. Would these clowns prefer that we set up a fund, similar to the 9/11 victim fund and offer a bailout (er loan guarantee)to BP?

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ042.107

Posted by: flyonthewall on June 25, 2010 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

I would love it if it were be possible to round up all of the right-wing whackjobs who think Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, etc. are so wonderful and give them their own part of the country where they could crown Palin their queen and stop fucking things up for the rest of us.

Of course, Palinland would quickly devolve into an impoverished failed state, and that wouldn't be a good think to have near/within our borders. But then we could work out an agreement to annex them on condition that none of the former Palinites ever, ever again make the mistake of thinking that they know jack shit about running a country.

On the other hand, we did annex Texas in the 1800's, and for some reason a lot of people down there seem to think they know how to govern (and even want to declare independence again).

I guess there truly is no solution to the problem of deluded idiots.

Posted by: David Bailey on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

To know what evils Repos are planning or are doing in the background all you have to do is see what they are accusing somebody else of doing, that is bad.

That tells you what they are talking about in private, and why they need a smoke screen to hide what they are up to.

The statement Sowell read is a precee of the Bush administration and well as of Hitler's.

Posted by: Marnie on June 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM | PERMALINK

Thomas Sowell, Thomas Sowell. . . Oh yeah! The Reagan-era Great Black Hope of the GOP. Hadn't heard much from the fellow lately. Guess he just fixed that! This ought fill his coffers a bit.

Posted by: sengber on June 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

Of course, if a DEMOCRAT ever used these kinds of words about President Bush, the rest of the GOP was on every cable show possible, denouncing them. Jewish groups also chimed in, reminding people how bad Hitler was and how nothing comes close.

But it's been more than a year since right-wingnuts have been calling Obama Hitler, and all we've heard from the Democratic side is ... silence.

That's the real problem. The Dems are afraid to call anyone out. When is the last time you heard Democrats sticking up for the president?

Posted by: Molly Weasley on June 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

To know what evils Repos are planning or are doing in the background all you have to do is see what they are accusing somebody else of doing, that is bad.

That tells you what they are talking about in private, and why they need a smoke screen to hide what they are up to.

The statement Sowell read is a precee of the Bush administration and well as of Hitler's.

Posted by: Marnie on June 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

So here's an interesting thing. Not once have I heard a Republican express sympathy for the fishermen who have all lost their jobs. It's as if the fishermen aren't even real people. Yes, most of them are Vietnamese (85%), and that's probably why. But that's just stupid. Asians are the minority most likely to vote Republican. Dissing them is the last thing the Republicans need to do. Yet they are doing it. The other interesting thing is that no Republican expresses sympathy for the eleven workers who were killed. Those are eleven oil industry jobs that were lost, and they can't even care about that. The only person Republicans have shown sympathy for is Tony Hayward.

Posted by: fostert on June 25, 2010 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Once again, I'm saddened by the disintegration of our mental healthcare safety net that has meant these people aren't getting the care and medication they clearly need.

I guess the silver lining in that judge overturning the drilling moratorium is that it makes it harder for Sowell et al. to claim that Obama is annexing the Sudatenland, er, Gulf of Mexico.

Posted by: biggerbox on June 25, 2010 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Sarah, How's that "quitter-twitter" thing working out for you?

Posted by: J. Frank Parnell on June 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

In a few years, the names Palin, Bush and Cheney will be used to describe failure on a grand scale. Textbooks (not Texas books mind you, but thoughtful ones) will refer to them and their sychphants as fools and complicit in the ruination of this once proud and strong country.

They are corporate whores and 27% of this country hangs on their every word and deed. We are doomed.

Posted by: StratRat on June 25, 2010 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab.

Which the former half-term Alaska governor knows all about from her stint in the State House with the First Dude. Tell us some more about the rule of law, why don'cha:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65O0AG20100625

Posted by: josef on June 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

When you look at the remarks of Obama and that of BP regarding the 6/16 meeting, it obviously paints a picture of mutual agreement rather than jawboning or an unconstitutional taking of property without due process. BP states, "Payments from the fund will be made as they are adjudicated, whether by the Independent Claims Facility (ICF) referred to below, or by a court, or as agreed by BP."

Apparently the "rule of law" still applies here since claims will be paid from this fund as determined "by a court".

Obama statement:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-after-meeting-with-bp-executives

BP press release:

http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=2012968&contentId=7062966

Posted by: flyonthewall on June 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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