Biden Claims a GOP 'Blitzkrieg'Vice President Biden is out with an alarmed e-mail cash appeal warning that the GOP will mount a “blitzkrieg” against Democrats in the fall.And that goes for anyone, on either side, that chooses to invoke this outrageous shibboleth. Eight years of "BushHitler", replete with Photoshop pictures and giant paper-mache' heads depicting George W. Bush as the leader of the Fourth Reich were eight years too many.
Comparing GOP tactics to the fast-striking forces of Nazi Germany, Biden warns in a message sent by the DCCC today: “As things heat up, you can expect House Democrats will be hit with a GOP blitzkrieg of vicious Swift-Boat-style attack ads, Karl Rove-inspired knockout tactics, thinly veiled attempts at character assassination and tea party disruptions.”
And while the GOP is mounting a blitzkrieg, Democrats are the allies.
“Our Democratic allies in the House need your help, and the President and I hope we can count on you to come to their defense so we can hold onto our Democratic Majority and continue moving American forward in a new direction,” Biden writes in the appeal.
Subtle? Not so much.
Update: Republicans were not amused by the implications of the e-mail.
Kevin Smith, spokesman for Minority Leader John Boehner, e-mailed a comment that seems sure to get under Democrats’ skins: “When will Democrats learn that invoking the Nazis’ crimes against humanity in a political debate is simply inappropriate?”
No, it didn't start with Bush, but equating Republicans with Nazis has been a favored tactic of the Left for as long as I can remember, and it reached a fever pitch during the Bush administration.
Now, apparently believing that turnabout is fair play a (thankfully small) number of "Obama as Hitler" images have appeared at rallies and i find them equally as disgusting. President Obama is not Hitler, nor is he a Nazi; a far better case can be made that he's a Socialist, but that has been, and will be addressed further in the future.
This depiction of people with whom one disagrees as Nazis is harmful in the extreme; it serves to marginalize a particularly evil regime that perpetrated unthinkable crimes against humanity. These crimes were committed, not in the heat of the moment or in the fog of war; they were well-planned and executed with deadly precision. Nor did these horrors occur in an uncivilized backwater; they occurred within a highly developed western society.
"Just plain wrong" and "evil" are two completely different concepts; if we elevate "wrong" to "evil", what will we call real evil when it confronts us?