Tuesday, November 06, 2007


If Bush said it, she's offended by it.

As noted elsewhere, Hillary Clinton was apparently offended by the President’s comparison of Osama Bin Laden to Joe Stalin and Adolph Hitler:

“George Bush’s faulty and offensive historical analogies aren’t going to end the war in Iraq, make America safer or bring our troops home.” Bush Scolds Congress

And here’s apparently what offended her:

“Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. And the question is: Will we listen?” President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror

Meanwhile, Linda Hirshman weighs in on the whole Tim Russert-Hillary Clinton brouhaha. Whereas in the good old days, politics stopped at the shoreline, now, I guess, for Democrats, politics needs to cease at Tim Russert’s podium:

“Oh, and for you Obama and Edwards supporters, remember the story about the man who didn’t stand up to the Nazis when they came for his neighbors.” THE NEW REPUBLIC Blogs

So I think this can set up an interesting political Rorschach test: Which do you think is the less offensive/more accurate analogy: President Bush’s lumping Osama in with Hitler or Ms. Hirshman’s not-to-subtle comparison of non-Hillary supporters with those who didn’t stand up to Hitler.

Side Notes: Mark Hemingway over at NRO does a nice job of getting the reactions from a couple of groups that one could imagine would be offended: the Communist Party USA and the American Nazi Party.

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