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Texas Rep. Gohmert endorses 'BP fund as Nazi enabling act' argument

This is what I wrote Tuesday, linking to Thomas Sowell's eye-popping column comparing the BP escrow fund to the enabling act that gave total control of Germany to the Nazis.

The gap between conservative intellectual leadership and Republican politicians on this issue is as wide as we've ever seen it during the Obama era.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), hours later:

There's a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot. His editorial, um, says here — and it's just been posted this week — but it says, "When Adolph Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920's" — and I'm quoting from Thomas Sowell in his editorial...

And he went on to quote from the column, calling defenders of the fund "useful idiots." Gohmert is in as much danger of losing re-election as I am of spontaneously combusting* -- the Cook Political Report gives his 1st district of Texas an R +21 rating -- but for the record, here's a Republican endorsing this argument that I thought was un-endorseable.

This comes via Political Correction, which captured the video:

*i.e., low. Sorry, Newsbusters!

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Congress , Energy  
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