GOHMERT ENDORSES SOWELL’S HITLER COMPARISON…. Prominent right-wing columnist Thomas Sowell this week not only complained about President Obama securing $20 billion in escrow for Gulf Coast victims of BP’s oil spill, he compared the administration’s move to Hitler’s dictatorship.

As offensive as this was, it was all the more startling when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) endorsed the Hitler piece on the House floor.

Before reading directly from the piece at some length, Gohmert argued, “There’s a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didn’t vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot.”

He added that there are “useful idiots” in the United States who mistakenly urge us to make the president “a dictator for a little while.” (Gohmert wasn’t specific about who he was complaining about, probably because his target exists only in his imagination.)

Let’s not brush past this development too quickly. A right-wing media figure compared the president to Hitler because Obama secured funding for the Gulf Coast — a right-wing member of Congress found the comparison compelling enough to endorse it on the House floor.

There’s something deeply wrong with the contemporary right, which will likely get worse if voters back its candidates in November.

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