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May 20, 2005
Santorum Apologizes For Nazi Analogy

Senator Rick Santorum apologized for his remarks during the Senate debate yesterday that used Adolf Hitler as part of an analogy about Democratic insistence on using the filibuster for judicial confirmations. He said he "meant no offense" by bringing up the most notorious genocidal maniac in history:

"Referencing Hitler was meant to dramatize the principle of an argument, not to characterize my Democratic colleagues," Santorum, the No. 3 Republican in the GOP leadership in the Senate, said of his remarks Thursday. ...

Santorum said that Democratic protests over Republican efforts to ensure confirmation votes would be like the Nazi dictator seizing Paris and then saying: "I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It's mine."

Santorum later said in a release that his remark "was a mistake and I meant no offense."

The Republican Jewish Coalition applauded the statement. "Sen. Santorum is sensitive to the effect of his words and the inappropriateness of the analogy," Executive Director Matthew Brooks said.

Let's propose a parallel rule in the Senate, shall we? The next time someone uses Hitler or Nazis to construct an analogy or comparison to American politics during a Senate debate, his or her party loses an hour of floor time. Right now we're even between Robert Godwin Byrd and Rick Godwin Santorum, meaning that we have now restored the all-important balance of stupidity between the parties just as our Founding Fathers intended.

If any Senator feels the need to try to pervert that balance, the end result will be that we have to hear even less idiocy from the World's Greatest Deliberative BodyTM. Everybody wins!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 20, 2005 12:37 PM

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