When Sarah Palin referred to attacks against her as “blood libel,” it set off a firestorm of criticism. While criticism was primarily from the left, it also came from the center and even some on the right. Oddly, the same level of criticism isn’t happening following Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) using the term “blood libel” to refer to the Republican efforts to pass House Resolution #2, a bill aimed at repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Here’s what Rep. Cohen said:
They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. 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, blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it — believed it and you have the Holocaust.
It appears that accusing your opposition of blood libel isn’t allowed when you’re a conservative under attack, but that when you’re a Democrat trying to defend legislation that has been ruled partially unconstitutional and is has its repeal supported by a majority of the country, then it’s fine. Does anyone else see the problem with this?