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Rep. Randy Weber, R-TX 14th District, decided to tweet as he waited for the State of the Union address. That was a mistake.

Rhetoric describing President Obama as a "Socialistic dictator" is offensive mostly because it is stupid. Hearing it from a national lawmaker is disheartening, but it's nothing we haven't heard before; among the lunatic fringe right wing, this approaches boilerplate.

But "Kommandant"?

A German word, Kommandant is best (and almost exclusively) known as the military rank held by Nazi SS officers who commanded concentration camps. Rudolph Höss, the kommandant of Auschwitz, is perhaps the person with direct responsibility for the greatest number of murders in human history.

I'm sick and tired of analysts who act like President Obama is an inadequate leader for failing to reach compromise with people like Randy Weber.

I'm sick of the hospitality that the Republican Party and the acquiescent national press show towards the kind of rhetoric that corrodes politics in America and degrades the suffering of Holocaust victims.


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