WHEN EVEN PAT BUCHANAN THINKS YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR…. This week, disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), hoping to make the case against the proposed Park51 community center, compared Muslim Americans to Nazis. On MSNBC yesterday, Pat Buchanan — yes Pat Buchanan — said Gingrich went too far.
Buchanan said Gingrich is just being a “political opportunist,” hoping to keep up with former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in advance of the 2012 presidential primaries.
“How do you get more attention than Sarah Palin, who’s very good at this, is to go two steps further,” Buchanan said. “I mean, I think bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics because there is no valid comparison there.”
As much as I appreciate Buchanan’s criticism, I can’t help but notice how odd it is to hear him to say “bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics.” A year ago, it was none other than Pat Buchanan who compared non-existent “death panels” as part of health care reform to “Hitler’s Third Reich, marrying Social Darwinism to Aryan racial supremacy.” He’s also offered some bizarre commentary on Hitler’s intentions during World War II.
With that in mind, when Buchanan thinks Gingrich has gone too far with Nazi rhetoric, you know ol’ Newt has pushed the envelope.