Sometimes we wonder whether politicians should be required to take classes in public relations before they assume their elected positions in congress. So many of them seem to have missed basic rules of public decorum such as:
- Do not call your opponent’s citizenship into question
- Do not call the legitimacy of your opponent’s children into question
- Do not under any circumstances compare any person or situation to the Nazi party
We hate to pile on a sad old man, but Maryland representative Roscoe Bartlett made a statement this week that easily trumps Todd Akin’s infamous “legitimate rape” quip as the dumbest political soundbite of the year. We can barely make out what he’s saying in this video, but his point seems to be: I hate federal student loans, and by the way there are a lot of Germans in America right now, so if we keep giving them federal student loans then we run the risk of creating a slippery slope and facilitating a new Holocaust. Yeah, that’s about it. Skip to 3:35:
Lest our readers think that Godwin’s law only applies to one of our two major parties, this week’s Democratic National Convention also included not one, not two, but three Nazi references. We should note that the oft-mangled Goebbels quote about making a big lie and “stick[ing] to it” is actually about Winston Churchill, not the Third Reich–but that doesn’t make the act of mentioning it any less dumb.
To all professionals who advise established or aspiring politicians in PR matters, we have a request: No more Nazis!!