On This Episode: Susan Collins is a ‘yes’ vote, which means Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The lies and deceit of Putin. You cannot trust Russia. The hosts of The View are worried that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is dragging the Democrat party too far to the left. Dana Perino had the best take of the Biden White House walk backs we have heard. How did the White House walk back Biden’s statements before asking Biden about his statement? Chris Rock has done his first show since the Oscars Slap. Plus, reports of how the Academy handled the slap incident are Another edition of ’Say It Ain’t So, Joe!’ – The Kamala Harris Special!
The Big Story: My appearance on NewsNation discussing Disney’s reaction to the Florida parental rights bill was must-see TV. We discuss why people insist on calling the Florida legislation the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Who is Disney making decisions for? Does the Disney Customer want this? We speak to Kira Davis about how wokeness leads to brokeness.
It gets done all the time: Comparisons to Hitler and Nazis from people who can’t figure out how to express their disagreement with others, so they resort to the lowest common denominator, gaining themselves a moment of moral superiority while denigrating and diminishing the attempted extermination of an entire people.
Comparisons to Nazis are the standard trope from anti-intellectual talking heads who want to engage the bastardization of history to shore up their woke position. Better said – this is what low-brow people do when they want to seem important. It’s what Tom Steyer did. It’s what Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did. It’s what luddites like Ana Navarro have done. The Nazi comparison has become the de-facto crutch for slow-witted individuals who only ever read the Cliff Notes summary of WWII, or, really, any history at all.
And it’s not that Nazism nor Nazis nor even Hitler are off limits. Certainly, the Nazis were socialists – The National Socialist German Workers Party, to be exact. And that Sen. Sanders is a “democratic socialist” could lead to many questions.
But making a comparison to Nazis is not actually what Chris Matthews did. Matthews point seems to be that the Democratic Party doesn’t understand that they’ve lost to Bernie; that he has a clear path to the nomination. That, I believe, was his commentary, based on the video I’ve seen.
Was it clumsy? Perhaps. Was it totally unnecessary? Probably, if not completely. Was it seized (pounced?) upon by the same anti-intellectual mob that proudly uses the attack to go after President Trump whenever they can? Yes.
But since there was no call for Steyer to not run, Rep. Ocasio Cortez to resign nor Ana Navarro to be fired, forgive me if I don’t join the mob of dunces who can’t tell the difference between pure insult and potentially questionable commentary. I’m no fan of Chris Matthews in the main, but I’m far less a fan of actual fanatics who want blood because they aren’t perspicacious enough to draw distinctions.
Tony Katz discusses Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ remarks on the stump for Sen. Bernie Sanders, and whether or not she’s going “off script.” As Tony says, she writes her own script. How could the Sanders campaign not know this?