Clearly, some of our elected officials haven’t learned one damn thing from the discussion about vitriolic rhetoric. Enter, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). During a limitedly publicized debate, Cohen carelessly cited the Holocaust in lashing out at Republicans proponents of health care repeal; comparing their rhetoric on the issue to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, while also invoking the principle of blood libels. Check it:
Really, dude? Seriously? Less than a week after folks on the left slammed Sarah Palin for using the term “blood libel”, this dude does the exact same thing?! Further evidence that common sense and civility don’t exist in politics.
In his defense (I guess), Steve Cohen has at least apologized for his comments, unlike a person like Palin who REFUSES to see beyond her ‘victimization’. But I’m not completely convinced of his remorse considering how just a short while ago, he actually defended his comments.
I’ve argued before that this kind of display is not the sole province of the right. Folks on the left play into these counter-productive and occasionally dangerous games of inciting anger through extreme sentiments. Don’t get me wrong, I think this happens MORE on the right (I mean, outside of maybe Alan Grayson – FL, most of the elected Dems are punks. Left wing protestors are another kind of punk altogether…protesting with acoustic guitars and by wearing animal safe mascara). But just because one side does this with [arguably] more frequency, should the other side be allowed a pass?