21 May 2005

Santorum compares McCain, others to Adolf Hitler

When a leader of the national Republican Party invokes the name of Adolf Hitler in his speeches, it is worth a mention. This past Thursday during the debate over the filibuster in the United States Senate, Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) compared those members that oppose the "nuclear option" to Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler. "The audacity of some members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule. It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying, 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.'" Santorum directed this statement toward all Democratic senators, Republican Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Lincoln Chafee (R-Rhode Island), and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and Independent Senator Jim Jeffords (I-Vermont).

Santorum's comment screams out hypocrisy, because it contradicts his statements from this past March. During a debate on ending the 200 year tradition of the filibuster, Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) described how Hitler, as German Chancellor during the 1930s, used his majority status to change the rules to gain more power. Byrd never compared anyone to Hitler, but the Republicans still complained. National Republican Chairman Ken Mehlman stated that Byrd's comments were "reprehensible and beyond the pale." And at the time, Santorum said that Byrd's words "lessen the credibility of the senator and the decorum of the Senate."

Santorum is now attempting to backtrack, but the damage has been done. He has insulted his colleagues, and he owes the American people an apology.

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