The New, Civil Tone

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 20, 2011

Steve Cohen breaks out the charm:

The newfound civility didn’t last long. Political rhetoric in Congress doesn’t get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “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. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

Comparisons between Republicans and Nazis are, of course, as inaccurate as they are predictable. But that’s what we get with the calls for civility these days, I guess. Just remember: People like Steve Cohen believe that Sarah Palin and a map are much more dangerous to the health of the Republic than incendiary historical comparisons, and the dupes who believe those comparisons to be accurate.

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