Rob Reiner, actor, producer, director and a ranking member of Hollywood’s “I Know Better Than You” class was on Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” and, in the opinion of this basement-dwelling, Cheetos-eating bloviator, embarrassed himself.
I’ll let his words speak for themselves, with a couple tiny reminders along the way:
Reiner: You never get into a political discussion unless you bring the word Hitler in – Hitler, you have to have Hitler, let’s put Hitler out there, here’s Hitler. OK, you have, you have bad economics times, right, Hitler, by the way never got more than 33% of the vote, ever, in Germany. You have bad economic times…
Maher: Well, he only had that one election, let’s be honest – after that there wasn’t… Hitler never ran for “re-election” – there was no 1937 election.
Reiner: He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was a charismatic guy, and they were having bad economic times, just like we are now, people were out of work – they needed a job – and a guy came along and rallied the troops. Worse if, my fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader because all they are selling is fear and anger, and that’s all Hitler sold: “I’m angry, and I’m frightened, and you should hate that guy over there.” And that’s what they’re doing…
Oh Rob, do you honestly not see how some on the other side could take the exact same criteria and arrive at exactly the same conclusion about the Democratic Administration?
Bad economic times – check.
Charismatic Leader – check.
“I’m Angry, I’m frightened” – check.
“and you should hate that guy over there” – Check.
I point this out not because I think President Obama/the left are or are displaying Hitler-like tendencies, no, it is because the criteria presented by Rob Reiner were laughably simplistic and could apply to “his” side just as easily as it could to the Tea Party.
I would suggest Jonah Goldberg’s book “Liberal Facisim“, or, if you only have a passing interest, there is a blog by the same author available at National Review Online by him that captures the main points.