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What is it with these GOP Congressmen from Georgia?

Godwin shoe on other foot. Other foot in mouth.

Last summer, Lynn Westmoreland said the following about Barack Obama:

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity.”

You don’t need a dog-whistle to hear racial tinging with the word “uppity”. especially for someone who lives in Georgia. Westmoreland was reelected,but the stupid comment lives on.

Yesterday, GOP Congressman Paul Broun triggered Godwin’s Law, likening Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler.

“It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force,” Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. “I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may – may not, I hope not – but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism.”Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.”That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did,” Broun said. “When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist.”

Ed Morrissey factchecks Broun here. Here’s the video of what Obama said last July.

The controversial part of what Obama said is here:

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

Certainly Obama’s comments raise questions, especially about this civilian national security force being just as powerful and strong and well-funded as our military, but there is no valid reason to go off half-baked, making grand and unfounded projections. Can our party please recruit politicians who can refrain from making such idiotic comments? I wonder if Erick Erickson lives in either of those districts. As Captain Ed noted:

If we plan to offer a rational alternative to the coming debacle of the next two years, then we’d better stick to facts and eschew hyperbole. We need to oppose the reality of the radical agenda proposed by Obama and the Democratic majorities in Congress, not fantasies spun out of context-free snippets of speeches. The more critics invoke Hitler and Stalin instead of Jimmy Carter and Lyndon Johnson, the better the reality of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi will seem in 2010.

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