Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Senator Byrd utters the F-word 

And the Piranha brothers try to nail Byrd's head to the floor.

Anyhow, here's what Byrd said. It seems pretty innocuous to me. What are the Republicans so defensive about?

Sen. Robert Byrd on Tuesday compared Republican threats to change Senate rules to outlaw procedural hurdles that have blocked 10 of President Bush's judicial candidates to Hitler jamming legislation through the German Reichstag.

"Hitler never abandoned the cloak of legality; he recognized the enormous psychological value of having the law on his side," the Democrat from West Virginia said. "Instead, he turned the law inside out and made illegality legal."
(via Reuters)

Seems to me it's a simple issue of historical fact. Yes, the Nazis never did abandon the cloak of legality (at least until they came to power, and made Hitler's word law).

But, yeah, the comparison to Hitler is just as inexcusable as the Piranha Brothers say it is—because Bush has thrown aside even the cloak of legality. After all, Inerrant Boy's male enabler, Alberto Gonzales, has argued that Bush has the "inherent authority" (back) to set aside the law entirely.

So what's the big deal here? Byrd wasn't politically correct?

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