Videos: Dem Reps compete for title of Most Hyperbolic Demagogue of 2011

posted at 1:35 pm on April 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Who will win the award for The Most Outrageous Hyperbolic Demagoguery on Capitol Hill about the shutdown? I think we’re down to two finalists, although let’s not consider the matter closed until Washington manages to finally produce a budget. Here’s non-voting DC Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton calling a shutdown the “functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians”:

I think that innocent civilians who have actually been bombed would far prefer a government shutdown, but hey, YMMV. Remember that the entitlement programs keep right on cutting checks as mandated by statute during a shutdown, and of course the fact that we’re not rescuing people from rubble a la London during the blitz.

Still, this doesn’t quite reach the lunatic perfection of Louise Slaughter’s rant today in defense of Planned Parenthood. Republicans came to Washington to “kill women,” Slaughter alleges, and they sure look a lot like Nazis for proposing that the IRS check receipts on tax deductions, too:

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said today that the new Republicans elected to the House of Representatives last November came to Congress “to kill women.” She also likened Republican efforts to prohibit federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is endangered to actions taken by Nazis.

“This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because the numbers of people elected to Congress. I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus,” Slaughter said. “In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.” …

Slaughter took aim at H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill that would make permanent the Hyde Amendment restrictions on federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest or a threat to the life of the mother, and that would also prohibit people from taking tax deductions for payments made for abortions except in those circumstances.

Although the text of the bill makes no reference to people needing a “receipt” to prove their abortion was for one of the excepted categories if they try to deduct the abortion fee they paid from their federal taxes, Slaughter suggested that under the bill, if enacted, people would need receipts for their abortions in such cirucmstances.

She then equated that perceived need to the sort of requirement that would be imposed by Nazis.

“You are allowed to have an abortion if you have been raped or it’s a matter of incest,” said Slaughter. “However, you have to keep a receipt. Did you know that? It’s sort of like an old German Nazi movie. Show me your papers!”

Isn’t this coming from the same Congresswoman that led the charge to put the IRS in charge of everyone’s health care?  That’s what ObamaCare does — it sets up the IRS to enforce the individual mandate by, er, demanding American citizens present their insurance “papers.”  For that matter, the IRS demand receipts for all deductions, and has for the entirety of its existence.  Is Slaughter arguing that the IRS acted like Nazis before there were Nazis?

It’s a race to the bottom in DC, led by a couple of jackasses.

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FYI, the Nazi party was on their side in the abortion debate. Describing these people who are trying to keep their government cheese flowing as “Jackasses” is being far too nice.

ClanDerson on April 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Don’t forget Loretta Sanchez’s little temper tantrum on MSNBC today:

What’s next? Are they going to start sticking out their tongues at Republicans?

jdawg on April 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Don’t even get me stated on Vegetarians. Like Hitler.

Jack Bauer on April 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Poor nutrition, less proteins in the diet, seems to lead to lower life expectancies, unhealthiness, lower cognitive powers, but ironically, it seems to lead to higher reproductive rates in some cares, IF you’re comparing it to obese standards (bcs obesity leads to lower reproductive rates).
Less proteins mean less materials in which to grow neural tissues (especially terrible when it happens during key developmental stages) = stupid people.
This may explain the large numbers of vegans that are also liberals.

Badger40 on April 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

How do you even have a conversation with people so unreasonable.

Scrappy on April 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I’ll never forgive you.

sdd on April 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM
Dude, I did the right thing and how was I to know then?

shick on April 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM


Badger40 on April 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

How do you even have a conversation with people so unreasonable.

Scrappy on April 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Obviously you can’t.
These are like the conversation I have with simpletons/the mentally challenged.
You just have to smile & nod a lot & hope they stop drooling as they shake the pitchfork in their hands.

Badger40 on April 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM

You wonder if these useful idiots even know what day it is.

tarpon on April 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hyperbolic Demagogue? Call it exactly what it is “batsh*t goonybird”. Deb better watch out, Slaughter is making a good arguement for herself as DNC leader with this nutbaggery. Louise, your tin foil hat is wrap waaaaaay to tightly. around your head.

One of your staff members who will remain an anonomous source told me they had to stop you from going to the podium the first time because you were wearing your bra on the outside or you shirt and watering a plastic flower

Niteowl45 on April 8, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Why didn’t they pass a budget again last year?

SittingDeadRed on April 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Where’s Sheila Jackson Lee on this issue???

mjbrooks3 on April 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I demand to hear from my lovely and talented (and brilliant) member of Congress on this subject.

chris999 on April 8, 2011 at 4:06 PM

It’s the first volley in the Dem campaign plan for the next election: Cat Food 2012.

motionview on April 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Libs are simply functionally, clinically, retarded. Period.

How do we go about having them incarcerated for their own protection, as well as for the safety and well-being of the rest of us?

I’m not kidding, really.

Midas on April 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I thought jackasses were slow-moving critters…these jackasses are getting to the bottom rather quickly.

LFRGary on April 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Okay, I feel better now:

“[in the event of a government shutdown] stay calm. I will be here to help you in this time of unease …”

chris999 on April 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Don’t forget Loretta Sanchez’s little temper tantrum on MSNBC today:

What’s next? Are they going to start sticking out their tongues at Republicans?

jdawg on April 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Loretta Sanchez is one of the most despicable people in public office anywhere in America, and God knows she’s got some strong competition. If only the morons who voted her in were capable of being embarrassed.

Django on April 8, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Where’s Uncle Joe? We’ll be needing some comic relief soon.

BobMbx on April 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

bombing civilians??..

really…? c’mon ….

ted c on April 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

and I feel fine.

redridinghood on April 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM

If I hear one more word about “Women’s Health” equating to abortion I am going to put forth a full fledged hissy fit.

Killing children is not “Women’s Health”.


Key West Reader on April 8, 2011 at 6:16 PM

All those silly women are FRAUDS.

If they really cared about women/equal-rights they would not be wasting their time at these faux rallies but would busy themselves helping women in Islamic 3rd World hellholes, the only place feminism has a need these days.

(Nevermind them NOT caring a fig about the slaughter of innocents…40 Million and counting…)

Gob on April 8, 2011 at 6:33 PM

“Now they’re here to kill women.”

So, Planned Parenthood only pays for abortions of male fetuses?

Luis Gonzalez on April 8, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Oh, and that protest sign using John Boehner’s name (front and centre on The Drudge Report) is so left-wingy.

Rude and crude.

Sayonara civility./

Gob on April 8, 2011 at 6:37 PM


profitsbeard on April 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Time to shut it down and get the USA back on course to fiscal sanity… I don’t care how long it takes…

Khun Joe on April 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

It’s a race to the bottom in DC, led by a couple of jackasses.

My, such language.

Bam!!!!! I’m banning you from my imaginary blog (I think it is in a “cloud” somewhere).

mockmook on April 8, 2011 at 8:29 PM

“Democrats want to kill our Military!”

Seven Percent Solution on April 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I saw a group of protesters walking around on Thursday in DC wearing their pink outfits and waving their signs. All I could do is just shake my head. Women, and I wanted to shout out: abortion is murder!

chai on April 9, 2011 at 7:19 AM

I think another strong contender/nominee for this prestigious award would be Nancy Pelosi. Her description of the current “War on Women” has to rank up there with the others nominated- plus she’s former Speaker, so that carries a certain weight.

“There is actually a war on women,” the California Democrat said Thursday in Washington, taking aim at House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to abortions, among other measures.”

BTW: I would love to know where this idea is coming from to strip all federal funds to Planned Parenthood. If it’s in the Ryan budget, that needs to be elucidated by those writing up these stories. Politico blurred the distinction between it and the CR that just passed.

ChipDWood on April 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM


dthorny on April 12, 2011 at 8:45 AM

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