WIDESPREAD GOP COMFORT WITH SOWELL’S HITLER COMPARISON…. There has been a little too much right-wing criticism of late about President Obama securing $20 billion in escrow for Gulf Coast victims of BP’s oil spill. I realize that everything the president does must be opposed, regardless of merit, and conservatives tend to offer reflexive support for oil giants, regardless of culpability, but it’s quickly becoming farcical.

This week, for example, prominent right-wing columnist Thomas Sowell said the president’s efforts to get BP to create a relief fund for families and businesses in the region are comparable to the Reichstag making Hitler a dictator. The unambiguous headline read, “Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?”

It was a new low for the right, at least in this debate. Dave Weigel noted he considered Sowell’s argument “un-endorseable.”

I’d hoped the same thing, but this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R), a right-wing Texan, appeared on the House floor to endorse the Sowell piece. Today, former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) used Twitter to do endorse it, too.

The right-wing Fox News personality had two tweets to get her message across:

GOP: Don’t let the lamestream media suck you into “they’re defending BP over Gulf spill victims” bs…

…This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab. Read Thomas Sowell’s article: http://u.nu/6e4ec

Even for Palin, this is pretty crazy. Sowell compared Obama to Hitler — and now Palin is encouraging her minions to read the piece, as if the unhinged argument has value.

Granted, Palin didn’t personally compare Obama to Hitler; she “merely” endorsed an article that did. If she’d said, “Can you believe what this whackjob said about the president?” I wouldn’t accuse her of endorsing a disgusting argument. But that’s clearly not what happened here. Palin touted a truly outrageous piece of garbage because she agrees with the substance of the argument.

And the right slips a little further into hopeless insanity.

Update: Just as an aside, the “they’re defending BP over Gulf spill victims” argument isn’t b.s.; it’s reality.

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