Al Gore customarily used excessive language like "brown shirts." Senators Durbin, Kennedy, and others compared our soldiers to Saddamites, Pol Pot’s killers, and Nazis. Ward Churchill compared the victims in the Twin Tower to “little Eichmanns.” Sen. Robert Byrd likened Pres. George W. Bush’s policies to what transpired in Nazi Germany. Linda Ronstadt, Harold Pinter, Scott Ritter, Ted Rall, and George Soros agreed with Fidel Castro, the Iranians, and North Koreans in comparing Bush to Hitler.
Jonathan Chait wrote in the New Republic on why “I hate George W. Bush.” Garrison Keillor likened Bush’s Republicans to “brown shirts in pinstripes.” Even old hero Sen. John Glenn said of the Bush agenda: “It’s the old Hitler business.”
My first instinct is to believe that it doesn't matter because the mainstream media wouldn't call attention to the hypocrisy. Thankfully, we're beyond them now. The American people know what was said - they haven't forgotten because they get their news from the internet, talk radio and Fox News now. As much as Brian Williams and Katie Couric and others would like the average American to believe that the town halls are a once-in-a-lifetime event that's demonstrative of the worst of America, people know that far worse was done and said by people far more powerful and influential than anybody who may have shouted something unfortunate at an oblivious pol.