Thursday, May 19, 2005

High-Speed Hypocrisy 


I just found this brilliant list at NJDC Speaks. It's from March 2005, and it's a compendium of Republican invoking Godwin's law. Here's a sample, courtesy of Phil Gramm (R-TX), from September 2002:
Speaking in opposition to a Democratic tax plan: "Now, forgive me, but that is right out of Nazi Germany. I don't understand ... why all of a sudden we are passing laws that sound as if they are right out of Nazi Germany."
Whew. And where was the outrage when he said this?

End Update

Damn. It only took Rick Santorum two and a half months to forget his prior outrage. Here are dueling quotes, noted in separate articles at Eschaton (and via a link at Blogenlust.)

Item one, May 19th 2005, lead graf:
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) compared Democrats' attempts to keep the filibuster to Hitler's moves in 1942 in a floor speech in the Senate Thursday afternoon, RAW STORY has learned.

The following is a transcript of the particular section of the senator's floor speech, from the closed-captioned text taken by the Senate.
Item two, March 3, 2005:
Santorum, the Senate's No. 3 Republican, called for Byrd to retract his statement.

"Senator Byrd's inappropriate remarks comparing his Republican colleagues with Nazis are inexcusable," Santorum said in a statement yesterday. "These comments lessen the credibility of the senator and the decorum of the Senate. He should retract his statement and ask for pardon."
The more Republicans bitch and moan about other people's behavior, the more they expose themselves for what they are. Immature, spoiled, self-centered, whiny little children. They try to make up the rules as they go along, then take their ball and go home when someone points out that they lost fair and square. They want the biggest piece of the pie, but then complain when somebody else gets to slice it up. They lie and deny and bully and scream "unfair". In every possible way, they act like a pack of six year-olds.

And so we should treat them as such. Maybe sit Ricky down and very slowly explain to him, "You did this same thing in March. Why is it wrong now?" Don't let him bloviate. Just show him the belt and repeat your question slowly. When he tries to deny doing it in March, show him the transcript. If he still denies it, give him the spanking of his life, then ask him if he still thinks Byrd did the wrong thing when he did exactly the same thing little Ricky did. The lesson won't sink in. But at least it'll shut him up for a while.

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