What the Democrats are doing is "the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying, 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.' This is no more the rule of the senate than it was the rule of the senate before not to filibuster."
A google news search for Santorum Hitler returns over 2000 results as of 1:00 PM, CST.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to see Santorum doing damage to his side by doing something he criticized someone else, and then issuing a non-apology that will ensure the story lives for another day or so:
"Referencing Hitler was meant to dramatize the principle of an argument, not to characterize my Democratic colleagues," Santorum, the No. 3 Republican in the GOP leadership in the Senate, said of his remarks Thursday.
But I would like to state for the record that Hitler comparisons have become the bane of American politics. It's the same thing every single fucking time: some public figure says "Hitler" or "Nazis" or "Goebbels" in the same sentence or paragraph as either "Democrats" or "Republicans." The other side feigns outrage and demands an apology. A non-apology of the form "I'm sorry if anyone is offended" is issued. The other side continues to feign outrage. There's a lot of discussion about how there's no civility in politics these days. People forget what the debate was about in the first place.
Given how incredibly obvious this is, I think that anyone that would venture a Hitler comparison in the current political climate is, quite simply, a dolt.
It was stupid of Sen. Byrd, it was stupid of Bill O'Reilly, it was stupid of the person who made the video on MoveOn's website (even though it wasn't remotely MoveOn's fault), and it was stupid of Sen. Man on Dog.
So can we all agree? No more Hitler. And to people on my side: sure, the modern republican party might exhibit some fascistic tendencies, but they the stuff they're doing is bad enough. Why don't we focus on that?