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D.C. has a lot of faux-counterintuitive punditry. Commentators showily express opinions that they pretend are unpopular or courageous but are actually perfectly well accepted among elites. Not Pat Buchanan. His unrepentant defense of the Nazis and, in particular, Adolph Hitler, is the sort of opinion that people actually don't express. Buchanan goes so far as to say that "Hitler wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps," thus laying blame for the Holocaust squarely on the shoulders of the Allied forces. Now that's counterintuitive!

Your move, Slate.

By Ezra Klein  |  September 3, 2009; 8:48 AM ET
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how he has assumed the role of "elder statesman/father figure" is beyond me. anyone who remembers his words and actions back in the day, can only cringe.
he is no william f. buckley.
how does he manage to get away with it?
he is surrounded and revered by people who know less than he does, so his patriarchal presence gives him the chance to weave in his revisions and "get away" with all of this.
he is a dangerous, resident historian, with a big audience.
he and the show host. two wolves in sheep's clothing.

a lot of people who watch him werent around back in the day, and dont really know a lot of the opinions he has expressed over the years.

Posted by: jkaren | September 3, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The guy's name was Adolf, not Adolph. What are you trying to do, piss off Pat?

Posted by: wp200 | September 3, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The end-line was well chosen and punchy. I like this post.

Posted by: adamiani | September 3, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hitler wanted what war to end in 1940? the war with Britain for sure so he could free up troops to invade Russia..........Hitler would have kept the concentration camps in Germany and Poland.....he still would have killed the Jews, and eventually the remaining Poles, and Catholic leaders in both countries.......there were never enough bodies for Hitler...

pat is ‘that crazy uncle’.....period.

Posted by: 3stooges | September 3, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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