Rep. Paul Broun: "It May Sound A Bit Crazy And Off Base..."
That's 'cause it is-- and that's 'cause Georgia Congressman Paul Broun is. Crazy and off base; way off base-- and way out in right field... beyond the stadium walls where the game gets played.
There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, although one died and won't be replaced 'til January. Some, like Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Jim McGovern (D-WA) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA), vote consistently in the interests of working families and to uphold the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. But how do you find the actual bottom of the barrel, the one member who is worse than any of the other 433? Worst even than Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Mean Jean Schmidt (R-OH)... worse even than Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)? The member with the most reactionary voting record for the last session of Congress-- and for his entire congressional career-- is a parody of a lunatic fringe nutcase from Georgia, Paul C. Broun. He's the worst; scroll down to the very bottom.
Broun just won re-election with 61% of the vote in one of Georgia's right-wing backwaters, the 10th CD which, ironically, contains the liberal city of Athens, sticking out like a blue thumb in a rural and mountainous KKK redoubt, well protected from any sense of modernity or reality. (Broun was soundly rejected in Clarke County, home of Athens, where he only managed to get 37% of the vote. He doesn't care and, in fact, he said the whole town is "a liberal bastion" and "ought to be bombed.")
In case you still haven't gotten a clear picture, let me paint it out. Paul Broun is a neo-Nazi scumbag who was elected to congress by a bunch of toothless rednecks high on racism, hatred, paranoia, fake religion, and homemade meth. Yesterday Rep. Broun-- in a display of classic Republican jujitsu projectionism-- warned his already demented contituents that President-elect Obama has the "potential" to become Hitler.
"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force. I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may-- may not, I hope not-- but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism... 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."
Turns out the demented Georgian was confusing his paranoid visions of a gestapo with Senator Obama's call for expanding the nation's foreign service and doubling the size of the Peace Corps. Broun is worried sick that Obama "likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force." Or is he just hoping to keep Obama from coming down to Georgia and campaigning for Jim martin's run-off bid against Broun's idol Saxby Chamberpot?
"We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun said. "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." At a lunch yesterday at the Martinez-Evans Rotary Club at the Doubletree Hotel Broun continued the idiocy, calling Obama a Marxist and then complaining that McCain was inept and not conservative enough, "a milquetoast Republican." Some of the Mississippi KKK are deranged as well.
UPDATE: AFTER BEING SCREAMED AT BY OTHER REPUBLICANS BROUN BACKS DOWN
“I don’t agree with the statement,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, who called the president-elect Monday and left a message of congratulations.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss echoed that view. “I commend President-elect Obama on his historic election,” said the senator, who faces a run-off Dec. 2 with Democratic challenger Jim Martin.
Chambliss said of Broun’s Hitler remarks, “I do not agree with him and I do not believe that type of political rhetoric is appropriate.”
Martin was measured in his critique, calling Broun’s remarks “extremely unfortunate” and adding, “We ought not to engage in that kind of rhetoric.”
The criticism of Broun was odd coming from Chambliss who is best known for the same kind of vitriolic slander in his race against Max Cleland 6 years ago in which he claimed the distinguished war hero was an Osama bin-Laden doppelganger.