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Yikes, Powerline compared Mark Ritchie to Hitler

From a post this a.m. from Powerline blogger Scott Johnson about Mark Ritchie and his opposition to the “Voter ID” constitutional amendment:

“The guy is a rank demagogue of the leftover left that has had great success in Minnesota. Ritchie looks like he takes the late German Führer as his forensic model, though he lacks his warmth.”

Uh-oh Scott. Don’t go there. Retract and apologize as quickly as possible.

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Comments (14)

  1. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 08/02/2012 - 11:19 am.

    Godwin’s law strikes again, signifying the end of this debate, along with Powerline’s loss:

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/02/2012 - 11:28 am.


    The best you’ll get from that crowd is a “We’re sorry if we offended anyone,” which is nothing more than saying “Too bad you have such a thin skin.” There will also be the usual crowd of commenters who will come up with something like “His choice of words was unfortunate, but when you look at what Ritchie has done . . .”

    The fact that drawing an analogy with one of the most evil figures in history is completely out of line will not even be a factor.

    And yes, I saw the oft-recycled pictures comparing President Bush to Hitler. And yes, that was very, very wrong as well.

  3. Submitted by Peter Vader on 08/02/2012 - 11:42 am.

    U Mad Bro

    You know what else has had great success in Minnesota – protecting the right to vote.

  4. Submitted by Charlie Brose on 08/02/2012 - 12:03 pm.

    When they run out of arguments

    Obviously when they run out of legitimate arguments they pull the last card in their arsenal, the Hitler card.
    Ritchie is doing as the law allowed for just short of 100 years, time for the boys at Powerline to grow up and accept reality.

  5. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 08/02/2012 - 12:35 pm.

    There are so many Hitlers these days. The next step is adverb and then verb….

  6. Submitted by Matt Pettis on 08/02/2012 - 01:02 pm.

    Or else what?

    Do you think that if they DON’T retract, there will be fallout in the way of loss of their readership or something? Or at this point do you think they would get more pain from their actual readership if they DO walk it back?

    Honestly, do you actually register what they write and the comments they get?

  7. Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 08/02/2012 - 01:04 pm.


    Neither side refrains from hyperbolic rants.

    Katherine Kersten wrote:

    “In a hyperventilating, stem-winder speech about the amendment at the DFL state convention in June, he fumed that “it is an affront to us to put this in front of the public.” He mocked its title “photo ID” as “ridiculous.”

    Ritchie went on to compare his opposition to voter ID to the Union Army’s brave stand against the benighted Confederates at the Battle of Gettysburg. There, he said, Minnesota soldiers “saved” the Constitution and defended “liberty and justice for all.” Now, he thundered, Minnesotans have a chance to do it again.

    Got that, Minnesotans? The huge majority of you who support voter ID are like slave-holding Confederates who thirst to wipe out “liberty and justice” in our state.”

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/02/2012 - 02:37 pm.

      That’s your statement

      Not Mark Richie’s

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/02/2012 - 02:45 pm.

      Well, then

      If both sides do it, that must make it ok.

      And as we all know, Katherine Kersten is a source of unimpeachable integrity.

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 08/02/2012 - 02:50 pm.

      You and Kersten

      Sound much more hyperventilating and hyperbolic than Ritchie.

    • Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/02/2012 - 03:37 pm.

      Gettysburg to Hitler, really?

      Comparing to Gettysburg is hyperbole. Comparing to Hitler is a noxious level of stupidity. Isn’t this the same Powerline blogger who tried to tell Republicans that Franken didn’t steal the election? They wouldn’t listen to facts of course, but I gave him credit for trying. Talk about coming down in the world.

  8. Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 08/02/2012 - 06:06 pm.

    Who knew

    that quoting a columnist would cause four commenters to pound on their keyboards in anger.

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