06/03/2010 12:22 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Think Again: Springtime for Hitler

It's Nazi Time again in American politics. Several of America's most noted right-wing pundits are once again fixated on swastikas and skinny mustaches as they seek to explain why Americans should trust their judgment with regard to how to fix our problems. Their goal? To slime anyone who doesn't think the policies pursued by a centrist Democrat such as Barack Obama--or even a committed (albeit pragmatic) liberal like, say, Nancy Pelosi--are somehow indistinguishable from those pursued by the Third Reich.

Hard to believe? Let's take a closer look.

Newt Gingrich appears to be running for president in 2012 as the candidate who is not quite as crazy as Sarah Palin. But apparently Gingrich spied all those "Obama = Hitler" signs at Tea Party rallies and health care town halls and is now worried that too much of the crazy vote is slipping through his fingers. How else to explain why a man who once taught college-level history writing--in a book, no less, not a blog post--can claim that contemporary Democrats, including particularly the Obama administration, are a "secular-socialist machine" that "represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union."

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