After the tragedy in Tuscon many on both sides of the political aisle wanted our politicians and pundits to tone down their language. Well, so much for that idea:
Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn) launched an attack against House Republicans earlier this week during the debate on the repeal of the health care reform, likening their dishonesty on the issue to 'Nazi-era propaganda'. Now he drags the debate farther towards the childish flamewar level by comparing the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan.
Let me be clear - I think that this debate is full of hyperbole and misdirection on both sides, and the GOP's framing of health care reform as a 'government takeover' and a 'job-killer' is clearly dishonest. However, likening Republican lawmakers to Nazis and their followers to Klansmen is the worst kind of vitriol and should not be tolerated by the American electorate - and it needlessly gives ammunition to the bloodthirsty punditry.