It’s funny cause it’s…true?
Jon Stewart did a commentary on The Daily Show recently about the tendency of Hitler comparisons to come up in our political speech. It was, as usual, a funny piece of work.
“…something squishy about the way the writers set up the joke. In the sequence, [Dick] Durbin is slapped for bringing up Hitler in a speech…Finally, a Republican politico is shown giving a speech making a comparison to more generalized Nazis. “Now, we’re getting somewhere,” Stewart says, the joke being that the conversation has now been moderated since generic storm-booters are being rhetorically used instead of the big man himself.”
“The thing is, look at the actual speech and you see that Durbin never used the word “Hitler” either.”