Tangled Up In Rage
REP. Charles Rangel has scored plenty of headlines in his 35 years in Congress, but lately, he's outdone himself by comparing President Bush to the revolting Southern racist "Bull" Connor, who sicced attack dogs on black protesters in 1963.That's not the first time that Rangel invoked the Reich Stuff of course. As Jonah Goldberg once wrote:
Tax cuts are not genocide, as so many Democrats have suggested over the years. (For example, during the Contract with America debate, Charles Rangel complained that "Hitler wasn't even talking about doing these things" that were in the Contract with America. In other words, the Contract with America was in some way worse than what Hitler did. At the end of the day, that is Holocaust denial.)Back to Debra Orin:
In July, Rangel got into a flap after the official Congressional Record ran a statement under his name blaming a fictitious 1712 slave-owner, "Willie Lynch," for tactics that destroyed the black family. Rangel denied saying it.As Mark Steyn said yesterday that many Democrats are "not great issues people, and they make the mistake of, as they say in English soccer, playing the man, not the ball".
Rangel seems to be personifying this approach.
(Via Betsy Newmark.)
Update: Orrin Judd has some further thoughts on BDS, and another example of a sufferer, and concludes, "Bush Derangement Syndrome stems in large part from the sufferer's conviction that he lives in extraordinary times--i.e. the moment that fascism finally descends on the United States":
The personal hatred that folks harbor towards President Bush blinds them to the entirely orthodox nature of his politics. This is not healthy for them for reasons that are readily apparent. However, if we continue with the logic of such folk the third volume in their trilogy is likely to hold that since the elections of Republicans are illegitimate and governance by Republicans is illegitimate then the laws they pass and the republic itself are illegitimate.Isn't that implicit when folks like activist/actress (and now Air America talk radio personality) Janeane Garofalo call President Bush's tenure "the 43rd Reich", as she did, while guest-hosting the left seat on CNN's Crossfire in 2003?
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