But I do want to call special attention to this quote, attributed to Athens area Congressman Broun in the initial Associated Press article:
“We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun said. “You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential of going down that road.”Hey, I'm not comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, I'm simply introducing the concept of Adolf Hitler as a basis for comparison to Barack Obama.
UPDATE: Blake's got a piece out of Athens with Broun defending his comments:
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's fear that President-elect Barack Obama might take Americans' guns and use a new national security force to declare himself dictator, as Hitler did in Nazi Germany, is a legitimate concern, the Athens Republican said Tuesday.I remember hearing about a football coach who designated one of his assistant coaches to just walk by him on 4th downs and dissuade him from going for it.
He'd just walk by and say, "Punt the ball, coach."
Maybe politicians need someone to just stick their head in the office every couple of days and say "Don't compare anyone to Hitler today, Congressman."