There’s been a little bit of a stir over the tea bagger signs on the Capital steps yesterday comparing the anticipated victims of health care reform to Dachau victims, complete with photos of bodies found in the famed death camp. Republican after Republican scrambled to speak in front of the crowd, but nobody bothered to comment on the sign until today, following pressure from Jewish groups. Senator Eric Cantor has now deemed the sign “inappropriate” and even gone so far as to criticize Rush for inflaming the debate by comparing Obama to Hitler.
It’s in the Friday afternoon dump, but tea baggers don’t take kindly to criticism of their icons or the perceived weakness of apologies (to liberals). Anybody want to start a pool on how long it will take Cantor to recant his anti-Rush heresy?
TPM has put together a list of the ritual apologies made to date, entitled “Forgive me Rush for I have sinned.”
Meanwhile, some Democrats are seizing the moment to make the wingnuttiness the story of the protest. Fair game? You decide. Rep. Steve Israel:
“I can’t believe that Congresswoman Bachmann would stand where she stood, and see those images, and not have the common decency to say, ‘I disagree with the use of those images.’ I think that she owes the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust an apology. She owes us all an apology. And I’m waiting. We’re all waiting.
Don’t burst former Rep. Tancredo’s bubble! “You bet it’s appropriate” he says. And he blames anti-Bush demonstrators. As previously noted, the right wing approach these days is: Don’t apologize. Always attack. Don’t worry about how lame it sounds. They’ll praise you for “straight talking.”