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Another Day, Another DNC Nazi Reference

In case you’ve lost count, South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian is the third Democrat to compare Republicans to the Nazis in the past three days. The State reported on Harpootlian’s comments during a delegate breakfast (h/t Dan Halper):

S.C. Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, never a loss for a quick quip, tossed a few stinging one-liners at the Wednesday delegation breakfast.

On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: “She was down in the bunker a la [Adolf Hitler’s wife] Eva Braun.”

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In case you’ve lost count, South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian is the third Democrat to compare Republicans to the Nazis in the past three days. The State reported on Harpootlian’s comments during a delegate breakfast (h/t Dan Halper):

S.C. Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, never a loss for a quick quip, tossed a few stinging one-liners at the Wednesday delegation breakfast.

On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: “She was down in the bunker a la [Adolf Hitler’s wife] Eva Braun.”

California Democratic Party chair John Burton compared Paul Ryan to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels earlier this week, and Kansas Democratic delegate Pat Lehman came under fire for likening the Republican Party to Hitler yesterday. While Burton gave a hasty apology before fleeing the convention for a dentist appointment in California, Lehman is standing by her comment, according to the Wichita Eagle:

Lehman says she’s not going anywhere and was wholly unapologetic about the outrage her comment generated among conservatives.

“They’re used to getting away with lying and nobody calling them out on it,” Lehman said. “When pigs get caught under the gate, they usually squeal.”

Is this a reflection of the state of affairs in the Democratic Party? Apparently delegates are under the impression that it’s totally acceptable behavior to call their opponents pigs and Nazis at the national convention. And why not? They’re taking the cue from the Obama campaign, which spent the summer smearing Mitt Romney as a felon and a murderer. It’s amazing how quickly the 2008 fluffy bipartisan healing rhetoric outlived its effectiveness. This year’s convention is fueled by contempt, and lot’s of it.

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