Thursday, August 20, 2009

Then and now

Joe Klein notes that things ain’t what they used to be:

It was a Republican, the lawyer Joseph Welch, who delivered the coup de grâce to Senator McCarthy when he said, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?” Where is the Republican who would dare say that to Rush Limbaugh, who has compared the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler?
The GOP Has Become a Party of Nihilists (Time)

comments: 2

T. said...

What mystifies me - and perhaps I've completely "misremembered" what I learned in 6th grade social studies? - is the vociferous labeling of our president as BOTH a socialist AND a fascist. Um, did I miss something?

Is that they can't decide if Obama is a Nazi or a socialist, or that they really just have no idea what their invective means? I'm all at sea.

Michael Leddy said...

I think that at bottom it’s (to adapt a line from Public Enemy) fear of a black president that stokes these wild (and, as you say, inconsistent) claims.