What would Democrats do?

Let's say that a Republican presidential candidate had said, in a speech many months ago, that he/she wanted to provide greater opportunities for everyone to go to college, and that to help with that, he/she wanted to bolster some of the programs we have for national service, like Americorps and the Peace Corps. Stop laughing, I'm serious.

And then let's say that a Democratic member of Congress were to come out and say, after that presidential candidate had won, that the idea smacked of a Nazi dictatorship. How quickly would the hordes from both the media and the right-wig blogosphere descend on said Congress member? How many from from his/her own party would distance themselves from those statements? Lest you think I'm exaggerating what Republican Congressman Paul Broun said, let me quote him directly.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."
And there's more where that came from.

Head over to Memeorandum and you can see just who's writing about this story, and let me tell you, when Little Green Footballs (and no, I'm not linking them) is the sanest of the bunch, something is really nutso. A diarist over at RedState appaluds Broun's comments, macsmind says they sound reasonable, and ms placed democrathas lost her freaking mind. I wonder if No Quarter will chime in some time today?

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