When it comes to being nasty, well, that’s a bi-partisan issue. Especially during an election year.
Andrew Shaine at The State drummed up this little gem this morning at the Democratic National Convention:
S.C. Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, never a loss for a quick quip, tossed a few stinging one-liners at the Wednesday delegation breakfast.
On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: “She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.”
For those who don’t know their history, Eva Braun was Hitler’s longtime mistress and, for the last 40 or so hours of their lives, his wife. The duo committed suicide in a bunker on April 30, 1945 as World War II came to a close and the Third Reich collapsed around them.
So, in case you didn’t get it, a DNC Chairman compared his female Republican governor to Hitler’s lover.
Yesterday, a top Democratic delegate from Kansas compared Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to Hitler. The day before, a Democratic delegate from California compared Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels.
—making this something of a running theme. (And don’t think FOX News didn’t pick up on that either.) Now, COME ON PEOPLE. First of all, I shouldn’t have to be telling you that we shouldn’t be comparing anybody to Nazis. Not just because that’s a trashy disgusting thing which certain trashy Republicans often do—I’m not saying they don’t (just Google “Obama Hitler” if you can handle it)—but because it’s a trashy disgusting thing that nobody should be doing. You know who’s really a Nazi? NAZIS. Neo-Nazis. Skinheads who harass and murder minorities or plot to overthrow the government; ultra-conservatives in Europe who attack immigrants and use politics to push racist agendas. THOSE are Nazis. Not American politicians. And the views of many conservative Republican politicians may be racist, xenophobic, backwards, archaic and frankly horrifying—but let’s call a spade a spade, and a neo-Nazi a neo-Nazi, and an asshole an asshole. To employ the same foul, violent rhetoric as those we set ourselves in opposition against only covers us in the same muck which they stink of from throwing.
FURTHERMORE—and you know we’re in trouble when what I’ve already said requires a FURTHERMORE—Harpootlian’s remarks aren’t just tasteless because they’re calling people they disagree with Nazis. They’re sexist and violent as well. He is, in essence, calling Gov. Haley a slut, a whore, a Nazi Hitler f*ck-er, to really get down to the heart of the matter.
A woman first, and a dirty Nazi Republican second, ain’t that the way. Being in a basement with like-minded folks does not correlate to a suicide bunker in the Third Reich.
I don’t think Harpootlian was being intentionally misogynistic, but in our society, so few ever are. It’s the unconscious, casual denigration of women which needs to be called out, no matter by who, no matter what party, no matter what timing.
As former Democratic party chairwoman Carol Fowler said when she stepped up to the podium next to Harpootlian after his string of tasteless remarks:
“They called me up here to save you from yourself. Or to save the rest of us.”