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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Nazi Analogies by Keith Ellison and Powerline Blog

It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I'm not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box -- dismiss you.

Rep. Keith Ellison, Speech to Athiests for Human Rights, Edina, Minnesota, July 2007

Then from the right:

“In this campaign season, there is seemingly no length to which the Democratic Party, like the National Socialist Party of seventy years ago, will not go.

“Observing today’s Democratic Party raises a deadly serious question: Is it inevitable that a party of hate will become a party of violence?”

Source: John Hinderaker, "Nazi/Democratic Party Thugs Strike In Wisconsin", Powerline blog, October 2004 (also City Pages Best Meltdown Award Winner)

Now Powerline is upset by the "Ellison Hussle" by the Star Tribune and just shocked, just shocked about his Reichdag remarks.

In promoting the disgusting conspiracy myths of radical 'truthers' and extremist Muslims, Ellison is simply working his latest hustle to the growing audience in the nut-ball box. It's an audience that includes the Minneapolis atheists who fancy themselves too intelligent to believe in God.

Katherine Kersten, Scott Johnson and others on the right, writing about this or commenting had trouble with Keith Ellison speaking to atheists. From comments to a newsbusters post about this:

ThisnThat Says:
July 14, 2007 - 20:48

Actually, I was wondering why a muslim would be talking to atheists??? Was he tring to convert them? It sounds as though this was a friendly get-together, and I'm guessing fellow muslims might be a little upset, here.

Wonder if this guy would give the same speech to a group of, say, Marines? Would love to see that interaction, wouldn't you?

Will the Drama Queen go after Powerline?

Ironically the Minnesota Monitor is harder on Keith Ellison using the Nazi analogy than the Star Tribune who strongly defended Ellison in an editorial.