Is It “Insensitive” To Call Republicans Nazis? – Yes. According to a front page story in the Washington Post today, “Townsend [Dem. candidate for governor of Maryland] Fires New Strategist for ‘Nazi’ Remark.”
“Bobby Ehrlich is a Nazi. His record is horrible, atrocious,” [Julius] Henson said in a telephone interview. “In Prince George’s County, we’ll define him as the Nazi that he is. Once we do that, I think people will vote for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend…. He should be running in Germany in 1942, not Maryland in 2002,” Henson said.
That definitely wasn’t a nice — or, as it turned out, politic — thing to say, but — call me perverse [I’ve been called worse] — I find the comments of the Democrats in firing Henson about as offensive as his offense.
First, Townsend’s campaign spokesman, Peter Hamm, labeled Henson’s remarks “insensitive and irresponsible.” Insensitive??? That strikes me as expressing all the outrage of, say, calling the WTC terrorists “insensitive” for killing so many people, or at least so many women, children, and minorities. On the other hand, Hamm is a Democratic operative, and insensitivity is about the worst sin in the Democrats’ moral code.
Next, Karen White, director of Henson’s actual employer, something called the Democrats’ coordinated campaign, issued the following blistering denunciation: “Those comments are unfortunate, and we will not be able to consider Mr. Henson for employment at this time.” Maybe later. The incompletely closed door on Henson’s employment with the Democrats suggests that Ms. White may have found the storm caused by the reporting of his comments more bothersome than the actual comments.
Finally, there is influential Democratic Maryland Congressman Albert Wynn. Wynn,
who initially recommended Henson as “probably the best field guy in the state,” said he is encouraging White to reconsider the decision to fire Henson. “I think she should keep him,” Wynn said. “Perhaps an apology to Mr. Ehrlich is in order.”
But perhaps not. Ehrlich, after all, is a Republican, and all Henson did was call him a Nazi. That’s not much, if any, worse than what the Democrats paid Henson to say about Ellen Sauerbrey, the Republican candidate for governor, four years ago. Perhaps if Wynn reflected upon the fact that Republicans in Maryland are an embattled minority (Gore carried the state by 17%), he might be more, well, sensitive.