Q: What's the most reliable way to delegitimize yourself?

A: Throw out any sort of reference to Hitler, the Holocaust or Nazi Germany more generally while trying to explain your political opponent's views.

Q: Do people seriously do this?

A: Yes, all the time. Just look at these guys:

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  • SNL Alum Cites Health Care As A Reason Obama Is Just Like Hitler

    Saturday Night Live alum Victoria Jackson wrote in <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2011/07/322057/#ixzz1SO28qBiW">a column for WorldNetDaily</a> that one of the scariest things about President Obama is that he "has the right to form a private army “(like Hitler),” thanks to a provision in the health care reform law.

  • Idaho GOP Senator Compares Health Care To The Holocaust

    Sheryl Nuxoll, a Republican state senator from Idaho, compared President Obama's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/sheryl-nuxoll-idaho-gop-state-senator-compares-obamacare-to-holocaust_n_2591351.html">health care reform law to the Holocaust</a> in an email to supporters last month.

  • Illinois Bishop Cites Health Care In Comparing Obama To Hitler

    Daniel Jenky, a bishop in Peoria, Illinois, was hit with controversy after <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/04/19/peoria-bishop-under-fire-for-obama-hitler-comparison/">comparing Obama to Hitler and Stalin</a> last April, according to CBS Chicago. “Hitler and Stalin at their better moments would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said at the time. “In clear violation of our constitutional rights, president Obama with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.”

  • Iowa Billboard Compares Obama To Hitler, Lenin

    An <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128514851">Iowa billboard</a> created by a Tea Party group comparing President Obama to Hitler and Lenin and calling his policies socialist was taken down in 2010 after -- not surprisingly -- inciting some controversy.

  • Maryland Republican Group Cites Health Care In Comparing Obama To Hitler

    The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/25/maryland-republican-group_n_220977.html">featured a post on its website</a> in May 2011 that compared President Obama to Hitler. The post, which was later taken down, stated: "Obama is systematically destroying the American economy and with it AMERICA. First the banking/investment industry, next private enterprise (GM and Chrysler) and now HEALTH CARE."

  • Maine Governor Says Obamacare Forces People To Pay 'The New Gestapo'

    Maine Governor <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/10/us-usa-maine-politics-idUSBRE8681DK20120710?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Reuters/PoliticsNews+%28Reuters+Politics+News%29">Paul LePage apologized</a> after he said in a weekly radio address that Obamacare would mean that: "You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS."

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