Sunday, June 13, 2010

Springtime for Moonbeam: Jerry Brown Calls Meg Whitman a Nazi

We've all heard, by now, about how Jerry Brown called Meg Whitman a Nazi while talking to a journalist during a jog. Nice how that works. Last year, Whitman would probably been in Brown's fund raising Rolo-dex, and her actual "right wing" pronouncements can be counted on one hand. Now, she's a Nazi: Who's Angry Now?

Politico reports that, in a conversation with a reporter, Brown compared his Republican opponent, Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief who triumphed in this week’s GOP primary, to Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda. According to KCBS’s Doug Sovern, Brown claimed that:

She’ll have people believing whatever she wants about me. It’s like Goebbels. … Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda. He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That’s her ambition, the first woman president. That’s what this is all about.

Notice how easily Brown slipped into a "GOP = Nazi" discussion while talking with a prominent Bay Area journalist. Why, it's almost as if Brown expected the guy to agree with him implicitly! Also, notice how he can't believe the electorate might support Whitman over him without the intervening hand of "propaganda." No, the crisis of progressive Big Government that the state has suffered through the last couple years has nothing to do with it! (and it's not like the state's public sector unions won't spend millions on ads in the fall!)

Mostly, notice how easily this supposedly sophisticated, scary-smart progressive politician slipped into the most hackneyed of insults,"Nazi." Let's at least update our mass murderers here. "She's just like Pol Pot!" "It's Hutu time out there!" "She'll have people believing whatever she wants. It's like Ratko Mladic!" Etc. But Nazi? Come on, Jerry!

All of this makes me think Brown doesn't think he's going to win the election. He's already declared Whitman to be banal and dumb. Now, he's calling her a Nazi and declared her effective advertising campaign to be propaganda. Those are the sounds of the liberal loser.

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