Nazis Everywhere, Part 184

As part of a continuing public service (actually as part of my community service to avoid jail time after being convicted of blogging without a license), Goldblog is compiling a list of people who accuse other people of being Nazis when even they are not, in fact, Nazis. Here's the first entry in this series.

Today's winner is Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, who had this to say about Republicans who oppose the Obama Administration's health care plan:

"They say it's a government takeover of health care. A big lie just like (Joseph) Goebbels. You say it enough and you repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie until eventually people believe it. Like blood libel, that's the same kind of thing."

Goebbels and the blood libel. Which raises the question, why isn't this also a pogrom?

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

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In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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