Ed Driscoll

The Sweet, Sweet Sound of Jacksonfreude

One sure sign of Republican resurgence? Jesse Jackson is breaking out the Nazi analogies:

  • “In South Africa, we call it apartheid. In Nazi Germany, we’d call it fascism. Here in the United States, we call it conservatism.”

— Jackson on the newly elected Republican Congress in December, 1994.

  • “He would preside but not govern because he took this by Nazi tactics.”

— Jackson on George W. Bush winning the Florida recount in December of 2000.

  • Repealing Obamacare Is “Creeping Genocide.”

— Jackson, just this week.

Gore Vidal could not be reached to automatically concur.

So will this year’s Republican Congress be more or less Nazi-like than their 1994-era counterparts? Or President Bush? FDR and Truman were comparing their enemies to Nazis over 60 years ago; how old does this rhetoric need to be until it plays itself out?