Ed Driscoll

Two Wannabe Political Pundits in One

Roger Ebert on Sarah Palin, August 19, 2010:

By implying Dr. Laura was silenced by “Constitutional obstructionists,” [Palin] employs the methodology of the Big Lie, defined in Mein Kampf as an untruth so colossal that “no one would believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

Roger Ebert on Sarah Palin, January 8th, 2011:

Sarah Palin rummages online frantically erasing her rabble-rousing Tweets like a Stalinist trimming non-persons out of photos.

Because GOP as Nazi comparisons are so 2010 — particularly when you’ve already made them yourself.

Related: Jim Emerson, the editor of RoberEbert.com gave the 2006 film “Death of the President,” which speculated on the assassination of then-President Bush a big thumbs up:

The scenario is a familiar one: What would happen if a much-hated world leader was killed in office? Since the failed assassination attempts on Adolph Hitler, fictions imagining how things might have changed with the elimination of one powerful figure have fascinated historians and the public. How could they not?

We all know that four U.S. presidents have been assassinated, and that every president faces that threat every day. Gerald Ford, one of our most benign chief executives, survived two murder attempts in the month of September 1975 alone — and he was never as divisive and generally reviled as Bush Jr., whose methods and ideology have been vilified as Hitlerian in real-life speeches and demonstrations that we’ve all seen already. (I’m speaking only about the real-life hatred the man has evoked worldwide, not the aptness of the Nazi comparison or whether such virulence is justified by his words and actions in office.)

Still though, take two Godwins out of petty cash.

Oh, and this:

“There’s no reason to be threatened by this film, any more than there was to be by “United 93” or “World Trade Center.” It’s responsible and observant about the world we live in — and it’s certainly not going to give anybody any ideas they haven’t had already.

But political campaign graphics will?