House Dem exemplifies New Tone by comparing GOP to Nazis on House floor

posted at 2:15 pm on January 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Steve Cohen (D-TN) has merely updated his repertoire on his attacks against the Tea Party and Republicans. Nine months ago, they were the Klan with better fashion sense; now they’re Nazis using the tactics of Josef Goebbels. One might think being the target of a nasty anti-semitic slur and compared to a Klansman himself (by a fellow Democrat in his home district) might have taught Cohen a lesson in civility before the New Tone became the new Ugg Boots on Capitol Hill, but alas, as readers can see for themselves, Cohen still suffers from his chronic case of cerebral-rectalitis.

Will Democrats rush to their podiums to condemn Cohen for demonizing the opposition?

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.

I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the recriminations from his fellow Democrats.

Update: By the way, kudos to ABC for catching and reporting this.


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