Tuesday, December 08, 2009


The New Godwin

RNC Chairman Michael Steele called out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on his comment yesterday likening opposition to health care reform to opposition to ending slavery. He rightly called it "ignorant." Reid's spokesman said Steele's response was "feigned outrage."

Feigned or not, Steele was obviously right. In fact, I would go further and call Reid's statement a variation of the Godwin's Law corolllary: He who uses Hitler/Nazi comparisons should be considered the loser of the argument (pure Godwin's Law is, ""As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."

Slavery and the Holocaust (and the related issues surrounding them) are such unique moments in human history that they really have no basis being brought into contemporary political debate. It was a cheap shot from a majority leader who should know better (but must be more desperate than I thought).

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