The Romney Campaign issued a cease and desist request on Wednesday to Democrats. They demanded that surrogates for the Obama campaign stop referencing fascism,or people associated with fascism to the Romney campaign. They even cited two examples.
The first example, whom the Romney campaign said had used “outrageous words” is South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Dick Harpootlian. Romney spokesperson, former Senator Norm Coleman, said in the release, “The latest offender is Dick Harpootlian, the South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, whose outrageous words I will not repeat.” Mr Coleman is clearly upset at Mr Harpootlian’s comments, focused on the Republican National Committee setting up a rapid response center in a nearby basement. But, what words would he not repeat?
What Mr Harpootlian said was “She was down in the bunker à la Eva Braun.”
This of course references the wife of Adolf Hitler, who stayed with him in his underground bunker, listening to war reports.
Mr Coleman had words on another chairman as well, saying “In recent days, we’ve seen similarly disgraceful statements from a top Kansas Democratic delegate, and from the chairman of the California Democratic Party.”
To round off his sternly written letter, the former Senator from Minnesota continued with this:
“President Obama has called for civility in American politics. If his call is to be taken seriously, it’s time for the President to rein in those of his supporters and allies who are trivializing Nazism while also shamelessly trampling on the most basic rules of American political discourse.”
The two references he makes are to Pat Lehman, a delegate from Kansas, who said “If you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you,” and to John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, who is quoted as saying “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie … Joseph Goebbels — the big lie, you keep repeating it.”
Nowhere in Norm Coleman’s letter was any reference given to the Republican allies and their regular labeling of anything to do with the Democratic party as “Socialist” “Nazi” “Communist” “Marxist” or the like, such as these examples:
They even went so far as to make a while movie about it:
So, Norm Coleman, before you start to become indignant, please eliminate any people from your party who has ever called Obama a Socialist, a Marxist, a Communist, or a Nazi. This would require of course both former Governor Romney *and* his Vice Presidential pick to quit immediately.
People in glass houses Mr Coleman.