Yet Another Non-Apology Apology

12 November, 2008

Paul Broun (R-GA), in (extremely delayed) response to Barack Obama’s call for national service, including a non-military security force:

“That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did. 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.”

“We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun added. “You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential.”

Today, he almost apologized.  He said:

“I regret putting it that way,” he told WGAC radio in Augusta, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that.” (Both quotes from CNN Political Ticker.)

Please notice that he does not regret what he said, he regrets “putting it that way.”  So he thinks that what he said was okay, but could have done better in the phrasing department.  Maybe he meant socialist, not Marxist; Fascist Italy, not Nazi Germany;  Peoples Republic of China, not the Soviet Union;  Mussolini, not Adolf Hitler.  He does not apologize for what he said, merely how he said it.

Also, he “apologize[s] to anyone who has taken offense at that.”  I can be a nitpicker when it comes to language.  The only people he apologizes to for his misphrasing are those who took offense.  Which is, I suppose, slightly better than apologizing if anyone was offended.

What if Broun had actually take possession of his own mistake and issued a real apology?  I know he won’t, so I will for him:  “I compared our President-elect to two of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century.  I am an idiot.  I do not know my history.  I am merely repeating right-wing talking points fed to me by Fox News.  I am sorry I said it.”  There, was that so hard?



  1. How many times has Godwin’s Law already been invoked since Obama was elected? I hope someone has a big abacus; that lucky person is going to be busy counting all of these incidents for the next 4-8 years.

  2. But does Godwin’s Law apply when the Nazi reference is used by an idiot Congressman bloviating in an interview?

  3. Mr. Broun was elected in a democratic Georgia. Is there then Hitler potential in him, too? In everyone democratically elected?

    Speaking of what Hitler did, have we forgotten W’s executive order wiping away Posse Comitatus Act, allowing him to use the military here at home to ensure “peace” and “law and order”?

  4. Chappie: I think the Godwin count will go far beyond an abacus. I’m thinking actual scientific notation.

    Nan: Yes.

    Philly: Most have forgotten.

    Odd, though, that conservatives are so quick to label Obama a fascist NAZI. One of my history professors once pointed out that conservatism taken to its illogical conclusion is fascism, while liberalism taken to its illogical conclusion is communism. I’ll leave it up to ya’ll to decide whether conservatives or liberals are heading to the illogical extreme.

  5. Of course Broun’s an idiot. Obama is considerably taller than Hitler ever was. No contest.

  6. And Stalin and Hitler both had rather obvious mustachios, plus hair which would not stay properly combed. Just like. . . . Uh. Never mind.

  7. Well, it’s just a sorry mess.

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