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Santorum Totally Reached Across the Aisle to Hitler-Like Democrats

Resurrecting the speeches of fiendish politicians is the best thing about the Internet, and today we have a new floating spirit in the form of a speech Rick Santorum gave on the Senate floor in 2005 during the Democrats’ attempt to filibuster President Bush’s judicial appointments. The surly fellow compared his friends across the aisle to Hitler. But not to fear, he’s only one of FOUR current or recently dropped-out Republican presidential candidates to bring up the Nazi empire when speaking about fairly harmless people standing in the way of their glory.

Santorum described the efforts of certain Democrats thusly:

Remarkable…remarkable hubris. I mean imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago. And the audacity of some of the other members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule? It’s the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942: ‘I’m in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It’s mine.’

It is really curious that this is the kind of thing that Santorum’s brain would spontaneously reach for. Of course, just the other week, ahead of the Iowa caucus, Rick Perry said a similar thing about the fight against President Obama in a speech to his volunteers. In the process, he crumpled up King George III and Adolf Hitler into the same ball of evil.

This election is about stopping a president of the United States and his administration that is abusing the Constitution of this country, that is putting America on a track to bankruptcy. It is a powerful moment in Americans’ history, and you are on the front lines. This is Concord. This is Omaha Beach. This is going up the hill realizing that the battle is worth winning.

Then there was Newt Gingrich’s comment in a debate last June in which he compared Muslims to Nazis. What happens to people during these moments? Well, discussing loyalty in the previous sentences before he said the word “Nazi,” Gingrich received some applause, which probably gave this huge-headed fool the confidence it takes to say something so close-minded.

Bachmann? Oh, she just followed up a declaration that she doesn’t hate Muslims by comparing the threat of — Muslims, basically — to the threat of Nazi Germany.

Now we’re just waiting on Ron Paul, the most isolationist of all, to step into the ring. [Buzzfeed]

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  • freakishlywrong

    Rantorum is just pissed about the size of his pie.

    • MzNicky

      And the size of his wienee. I mean, isn't that what all this is really about?

      • SorosBot

        That and his secret repressed longing for cock that creates the self-loathing and obsession with other people's sex lives.

        • emmelemm

          Mmm, cock.

        • emmelemm

          Admit it, you're just following me because I said "cock". I was already following you anyway, crazy robot.

    • memzilla

      Pie-ness envy.

  • neiltheblaze

    The Godwin Rule only applies to Democrats.

    • PsycWench

      Two comments to a reference of Godwin's Law, a winner!

  • Tundra Grifter

    Reached across?

    I pegged Ricky as more the type for a reach-around.

  • arihaya

    because Debbie Wasserman-Schultz totally wants to invade Poland

    • Biff

      Isn't she an Ashkenazi? IT HAS NAZI RIGHT IN THE NAME, OH MY GOD(win)!!1!!!!

  • GuanoFaucet

    Now we’re just waiting on Ron Paul, the most isolationist of all, the step into the ring.

    Democrats = fiat currency!

    • memzilla

      Republicans = Mercedes-Benz currency.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Santorum could use some history lessons from Gingrich.

  • Radiotherapy

    How dare you invade me? How dare you google bomb my name?

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    It's Springtime for Santorum!

  • chascates

    But Pat Buchanan said we could have worked with Hitler!

    • SorosBot

      And MSNBC seems to have finally realized that he's a hateful old bigot and is considering dropping his racist ass.

      • anniegetyerfun

        Please – I'm sure that they are dropping him for being too liberal.

    • GOPCrusher

      But Pat can't work with Republiklans since he know identifies himself as a Republiklan, but a Conservative. And that speaks volumes about the modern Republiklan Party.

  • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

    Hyperbolicans

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "This is Concord. This is Omaha Beach."

    Sorry, Rick, but for you, this is going to be the Greasy Grass at the Little Bighorn River; the Chosin Reservoir.

    • reliefsinn

      So the residents of Concord should prepare for loud noises and explosions, followed by GI's with nylons and candy bars?
      I am ready.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Santorum usually involves GI noises and explosions.

        • horsedreamer_1

          Speak softly, & Go-Light.

      • Biff

        And the ringing of bells, do not forget the bells.

      • Tundra Grifter

        When I was a (very small) child I remember Red Skelton saying on tv "Japan has changed a lot since the War. You can't buy a thing with a Hershey Bar."

    • Tundra Grifter

      BTF:

      For the GNoPee I think it's going to be Grant's army on the morning of Cold Harbor.

      • memzilla

        I was thinking more of the Battle of Santietam.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Ole Crzay Eyes probably thinks that's Concord, New Hampshire.

      And Omaha Beach is where the Obamas go on Martha's Vineyard.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        And when they visit San Diego, they spend their time at Blah's Beach.

    • ThundercatHo

      I was kind of hoping for War of the Worlds when all the aliens get a horrible disease and die.

  • arihaya

    Muslins = Nazi
    Democrats = Nazi

    therefore:
    Democrats = Muslins, and Chuck Schumer is the Grand Mullah of the New York City

    • anniegetyerfun

      Chuck does look so chic in a loosely-wrapped turban.

  • edgydrifter

    I cannot believe you would rank old C-SPAN videos of speeches made by psychopathic gasbags over porn as the best thing on the internet. Credibility destroyed!!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be "old C-SPAN videos of speeches made by psychopathic gasbags over porn, the best thing on the internet."

  • CommieLibunatic

    So, the Republicans called the Democrats Nazis? I think we have a word for this, and it's "Tuesday."

  • freakishlywrong

    "Nein, Nein, Neiin", is still on your side, Dick.

  • Radiotherapy

    Needs moar lebensraum.

    • Chichikovovich

      54'40'' or fight!

      • not that Dewey

        Manifest density.

    • JohnyEdge

      You always need more lebensraum!

  • Goonemeritus

    I think we can all agree the Nazi analogy should be reserved for true evil like those bastards who plug the Easy pass lane when they aren’t subscribers.

    • GOPCrusher

      Or the people in the 8 items or less aisle with 9 or more items.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Shrill babbling poopsack is shrill. And babbling.

  • Schmannnity

    Takes one to know one.

  • SorosBot

    So wait, if the Democratic Senators filibustering a few extremist judicial nominees was just like Hitler, then what is the current GOP Senators' routine filibustering of every single piece of Democratic legislation, and every appointment Obama wants to make?

    • neiltheblaze

      Propping up the flag at Iwo Jima? That or charging San Juan Hill.

    • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

      Omaha Beach, Khe Sahn, Midway, and Audie Murphy's Medal of Honor all rolled up into one ball of Freedumz/Awesome.

    • freakishlywrong

      The "Loyal Opposition".

    • BigDumbRedDog

      That's patriotism.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      It's called "defending our freedumbs."

      • SorosBot

        Specifically, our rich people's freedumbs not to have to pay their fair share of taxes.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          That, and the freedumb of corporations to sell you cheap, toxic crap without all those annoying FDA, USDA, EPA, and FTC regulations.

    • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

      Different. Something else. Not the same. Just because.

    • Chichikovovich

      Like Jesus beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    • GOPCrusher

      Stopping the secret Kenyan Muslim Usurper from fundamentally changing America.

    • nonbeliever7

      God fearing, patriotic, heterosexual nazis?

    • elviouslyqueer

      That would be "The American Way" as explained in The original Constitution dictated to the Founding Fathers by G*d His-Own-Damn-Self. Duh.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Washington crossing the Delaware?

    • pdiddycornchips

      Freedom!

  • MzNicky

    Seriously — How did the Repugs end up with such a slate-full of total douche-nutz? I mean, I know, it's the GOP and all, but still.

    • TeaNuts

      I blame our schools for main-streaming future GOP candidates.

    • UnholyMoses

      Lack of self awareness.

      Basically, they failed to see 2008 as a rejection of their obviously failed policies and a nice little hint from America to stop being such douche-nutz.

      Instead, they decided the message was that they weren't douche-nutzy enough and doubled down on the douche-nutzery in order to appease a willfully ignorant, mostly bigoted, and wholly derperific base (recently re-branded as the Tea Party).

      IMHO, we have to be getting close to Peak Wingnut. Sure, some doubt we'll ever get there, but these clowns have already admitted that they want to cut off all and any funding to black folks, talked about how they love firing underlings, supported the idea of banning birth control (even for married couples), accused every black person of being lazy, created budget proposals that would earn a failing grade in 3rd grade math … all the signs are there.

      Thus, one would think It's just a matter of time before one of these shitheels crosses the line so incredibly far that there's no going back, and the entire conservative movement goes **POOF!**

      Well, at least in a sane world that's what would happen.

      Sadly, we live in this one …

    • neiltheblaze

      After a 30 year full-court press appealing to Birchers, Bigots, and half-baked economic theories that they've repeatedly tried and failed with every single time. And the fact that the "Liberal Media" are chock to the brim with corporate Republicans who ride shotgun for them. That helped – a lot.

  • MissTaken

    This must be a challenge for white supremacists. On the one hand, they hate Obama because he's a blah Muslin obviously wanting to have sexytime with their sexually oppressed white womenz with his abnormally large cock, but on the other hand they must like him because he reminds them of Hitler with all his pro-Nazi doings. Tricky, very tricky.

    • Chichikovovich

      He reminds them of just the Hitlery things they don't like. Michelle O. reminds them of Hitler's vegetarianism. And Hitler had a Muslim SS division, just like Obama has a private army of Muslims ready to take over at his command. And Hitler spent government money to build roads and stuff. Also Hitler used a teleprompter a lot and thought the US had 57 states.

  • BigDumbRedDog

    I think we should all agree that we are ALL just as bad as nazis. Left and right. Republicans and democrats. All just a bunch of Jew hatin fascist wanna be's. There, I said it. Now we never have to discuss it again.

    PS. Santorum makes me puke. Both kinds.

    • widestanceshakedown

      All of us, Katie?

    • IceCreamEmpress

      What you mean "we", shaygetz?

  • memzilla

    Enough of the misdirection and false analogy, Rethuglitards.

    We don't need a rape kit to figure out who's really been f**king us.

    • BigDumbRedDog

      That's good because we can't afford to buy our own rape kits.

    • lulzmonger

      PROTIP: it is more credible if you wait until AFTER pulling out to start making denials.

  • DustBowlBlues

    "Chuck Schummer is the Grand Mullah of the New York City"

    That must be awkward.

    • memzilla

      New York, New York: "A caliphate so nice, they had to name it twice!"

  • Indiepalin

    Fecal Boy – Hank Jr. 2012 !!

  • mavenmaven

    Want a laugh? Watch from 1:48, where he keeps using the word "passing". You can't get more santorum than that. Aside from the fact that it is stupid.

  • coolhandnuke

    Equating Hitler to Democrats is so, so 2005. Manson is the current analogy.

    • Chichikovovich

      Quite right. The Democrats are way worse than Hitler.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Why can't we be Dexter Morgan?

  • Oblios_Cap

    It’s the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942: ‘I’m in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It’s mine.’

    It wasn't funny when the Japanese bombed London either, was it Rick?

    • Barrelhse

      "I'm in Paris."
      I thought he meant Ms.Hilton's box.

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    It always ends up coming down to Hitler and Nazis… This is what keeps the Discovery Channel in business.

    • MissTaken

      That's good, because once we pass Dec 21 with the world still spinning along no one will want to hear about the Mayans again.

    • Ramon X

      You're right! No matter what it is, eventually it's like Nazis! This is profound. I'm going to go away and think about this.

  • DustBowlBlues

    Will we be together tonight, watching to see which of these losers wins? Will Mittens finally beat "Not Romney" by getting to 51% of the votes of the freakish NH Republics?

    • chascates

      It's tomorrow night, isn't it?

      • DustBowlBlues

        Yep. Had wrong night. See you "guys" tomorrow.

    • Biff

      I hope you meant tomorrow night, I don't know if I could take it so soon on the heels of their double-header of "debates".

      • DustBowlBlues

        Tomorrow night. I'll be with "my" wonket and pretend friends while watching Current's laid back coverage. It made Iowa so much easier to take and, with the Current budget, no money for over-the-top graphics and grandiose opening theme songs and none of CNN's annoying little techologies or robots or whatever.

  • SockBunny

    This just in from the Village Voice "Rightbloggers Prep to Swallow Santorum and Root for Romney".

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    You know who else liked to compare his enemies to NAZIs?

    • MissTaken

      Winston Churchill?

    • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/cheaphits/reviews cheaphits

      Winston Churchill?

    • Radiotherapy

      Stalin?

    • anniegetyerfun

      Hitler? I mean, you know, maybe he meant it as a compliment?

    • SorosBot
    • Callyson

      Richard Nixon? (Ironically enough considering his issues with the Jewish community…)

    • lulzmonger

      Ernst Röhm?

  • pinkocommi

    As long as we get to compare Santorum to Stalin.

  • freakishlywrong

    I thought we were Marxists?

    • Radiotherapy

      Russ says the Nazi's were Socialists, and Socialism is de facto Marxism, so no problem.

    • Callyson

      Marxists, Nazis, what's a few hyperbolic insults among enemies?

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Nah, we're an autonomous collective.

  • Mahousu

    If Santorum is comparing the Democrats to Hitler in Paris, then he's basically saying Republicans are French.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Wait, I'm confused. If Obama is a commie, but the Democrats are NAZIs, does this mean we are going to have a long, protracted war between the two?

    And, how does Obama being a Muslim fit into all of this.

    Either way, I am sure it is all George Soros' fault.

    • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

      I'm starting to think cognitive coherence is not the point…

    • SorosBot

      In wingnut world, Commies and Nazis are the exact same thing, because the official title of the Nazi party had "Socialist" in it. Ignore all the facts; any historical bad guys must be liberal because shut up, that's why.

    • Radiotherapy

      The Siege of Leningrad: Never forget.

  • memzilla

    As long as the Rethuglitards are going to co-opt US War sloganeering, how about "Remember The Bain!"

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    Shouldn't right wingers be concerned that Santorum will finally build Al Smith's tunnel to the Vatican?

  • GOPCrusher

    Remember those halycon days when Santorum and the other Republiklans would accuse anyone that didn't vote for supplemental spending bills of "Wanting the terrorists to win." and "Doesn't support the troops."? What ever happened to those good old days of bipartisanship?

  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/cheaphits/reviews cheaphits

    Methinks the reason they use these analogies is their limited knowledge of history…there was the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWII and Viet Nam anything else is kinda hazy and irrelevant.

  • SorosBot

    It's a great form of democracy; the need for a 60-vote super-majority in a house where California's ~38,000,000 people have the same voice as Wyoming's ~570,000.

  • Terry

    This is why the good people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania saw fit to run him out of office by an 18% margin.

  • Joshua Norton

    Do you know who else liked Godwin threads?

    • SayItWithWookies
      • Radiotherapy

        Everyone knows Kindergarten teachers are the SS of the Democratic Party.

    • Radiotherapy

      Hitler®?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Godwin?

    • Veritas78

      All of us, Katie?

  • paris biltong

    Do you know who else followed Goodwin's implacable law?

  • arihaya

    King George III was a certified sauerkraut-sucking loon who talks to tree, but he wasn't Hitler

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Today, we are all Nazis.

    They do have the snappiest uniforms.

    • emmelemm

      The trains run ON TIME, thank you.

    • Barrelhse

      I just LOVE the way they walk.

    • lulzmonger

      They should be – those are Hugo Boss originals!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    The odd thing about this is that one month later after Santorum's Nazi speech, Santorum broke down and started to sob hysterically after Dick Durbin said:

    "If I read this [a list of abuses at Guantanamo prison] … and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime–Pol Pot or others."

    This was clearly the pinnacle of irresponsibility and Santorum demanded Durbin give a public apology, because Santorum was so deeply hurt inside.

  • sezme

    Frothy byproduct says what?

  • Chichikovovich

    ‘I’m in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It’s mine.’

    Not that it really matters, but I'm pretty sure Paris didn't receive more than very superficial bombing, if any. Nobody had any taste for destroying a thousand-year-old city, and even the German general in charge lay down his sword rather than wreak havoc by contesting the inevitable. But this would require Santorum to know the name of at least one other French city, which is a tall order.

    But I don't know much about this so if anyone actually has a clue about these matters, feel free to correct me.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      He probably knows the names, but not how to pronounce them. "We're like the British Expeditionary Force, at Wipers."

    • Oblios_Cap

      I don't believe Paris was in greater danger of being bombed in 1942 was it may have been in 1944.

    • Beanball

      The Germans did an end-run around the Maginot line in early June followed by the declaration by Italy of war on France and the French government departed immediately for Bordeaux. The German army marched into Paris more or less peacefully on June 14

      Paris never saw any shelling and nobody ever suggested bombing it, not even the mad firebomber Churchill.

      Toward the end of the war, Hitler got a bug up his crack and had Paris wired for explosions – he was such a spiteful cunt, but the German officer in charge of Paris, when ordered by Herr Frankenfurher to put the city to the torch basically hung up on him, hence the motion picture, "Is Paris Burning?"

      Short answer: Santorum is an idiot.

      • ShaveTheWhales

        "Brennt Paris?"

        "Nein, nein, nein".

        • Beanball

          "Ist Santorum ein Idiot?"

          "Jah, ist Santorum ein Idiot."

  • hollywooddood

    Reductio ad Hitlerum. What a sad little asshole.

  • owhatever

    Who is Hitler?

  • emmelemm

    Upfront note: I am mostly totally unfamiliar with "the Bible", being raised a Godless heathen…

    If this dude was hung on an upside down cross, doesn't that associate him with the "anti Christ" and/or Satan?

  • http://www.storycorner.us/ JustPixelz

    Let's see: Nazis embarked on wars of conquest and ethnic purification that left 50-60 million people dead. Their murderous aggression inspired pacifist Albert Einstein to advocate for nuclear weapons. They are the sine qua non of where unchecked power can lead.

    The Democrats filibustered a judicial appointment … so they are like the Nazis.
    Obama signed a health insurance reform bill in to law … so he is like Hitler.

    When did this become the new normal?

    • hagajim

      More important – why aren't people just fucking offended?

    • LibrulEleet

      Most of those 50-60 million people would be dead now anyway, so what's the big deal?

  • BarackMyWorld

    OMGodwin!

    (I apologize to whoever I stole that from.)

  • Slim_Pickins

    And Crankhammer thinks Santorum is a viable candidate? What's Charlie been smoking?

  • cheetojeebus

    Lord,
    What in hell did we do to deserve this plague? I give up. spell it out, we'll make it right , i swear. come on just a hint. please? We can't take much more of this.
    amen

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ slowhansolo

    Just imagine being married to this fucking guy. Go ahead, give it a try!

    And then consider the leathers and wigs and heels and strap-ons, and perhaps the formaldehyde fetus, that he'll bust out when he wants sexytime with America, right after we've run him out a ham sandwich.

    • SorosBot

      Wouldn't it be great to be married to a man who thinks getting pleasure from sex is sinful? Betcha he never goes down on his wife.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    He didn't actually say "Adolph." His mind was casting about for options and he ended up saying "uh-duh." The Hitler part he totally meant however.

  • Radiotherapy

    Ricky Bubblingbutt is worse than Kosher Cafeteria at Bergen-Belson.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

    You've got it all jumbled – the Simon Peter you refer to is the Apostle, and tradition has it that he was crucified upside down by Nero, but that is NOT in the Bible.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Peter

    • anniegetyerfun

      Like I said, raised Catholic.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Hitler!
    Drink!
    Wait, has the drinking game stopped yet?

  • Guppy

    But I thought various popes were cool with Nazism…

  • meatlofer

    All Santypants knows about Hitler, is he makes a good meat tenderizer.

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    There's a beauty in the echo of Santorum's voice. I imagine him standing at that podium, in that huge august room, talking only to himself because no one else can bear the weight of his stupid.

  • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

    Now we’re just waiting on Ron Paul, the most isolationist of all, the step into the ring.

    If there is one thing Papa Doc Paul is an expert on, it is Nazis. After all, he has only surrounded himself with them for several decades now.

  • VinnyThePooh

    So, Paul Revere stormed the beaches of Normandy, shooting his guns, ringing bells, and screaming of the Socialists coming to take away the gunz?
    I'm confused.

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    It's okay if you reach across. Just not around.

    deit: Nice one, Tundra Grifter! Sorry for stealing.

  • Barrelhse

    Interesting tidbit- http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/09/todd-palin-
    I think Todd is angling for a cabinet appt., should the Neuter win. Todd is a sorry sack of shit, isn't he?

  • bikerlaureate

    "This election is about stopping a president of the United States and his administration that is abusing the Constitution of this country, that is putting America on a track to bankruptcy."

    Why is this great moral paragon still talking about the 2004 election?

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Today we are all Nazis. Wait, what?

  • ttommyunger

    Watching this flaccid little prick pontificate is reassuring until I remember that Dubya won TWICE (slaps forehead with palm and whimpers).

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Yeah, most of the time I think this should be a no-brainer, and then I remember that the no-brainer won twice, and a whole bunch of them got in in 2010.

      • ttommyunger

        We are prolly fucked, just because the Sheriff is near.

  • fuflans

    this guy?

    gross.