Friday, March 05, 2004

Did too! Here's the lead of an Associated Press dispatch that moved yesterday: "Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole said Thursday he did not intend to equate a vote against President Bush to a vote for Adolf Hitler, but stuck by recent comments that a Bush loss would be a win for Osama bin Laden."

Here is what Cole actually said, according to his own spokeswoman: "What do you think Hitler would have thought if Roosevelt would've lost the election in 1944? He would have thought American resolve was [weakening]."

Here is what Cole says he really meant: "What I am saying is that in a time of war, if our commander in chief is defeated in an election, our adversary will regard that as a triumph."

By Cole's own admission, he said that a vote for John Kerry is a vote for bin Laden. (The actual quote: "[I]f George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election.") And by any reasonable person's interpretation, Cole also said that a vote for Kerry is a vote for Hitler.

You may recall that Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie recently went bananas when mistakenly posted a video contest entry that compared Bush to Hitler, even though website co-founder Wes Boyd took it down and apologized almost immediately.

Now some Democrats are calling on Cole to apologize. Please. His constituents ought to demand that he resign.

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