I'm exchanging emails with a few Wisconsin pals, and will quote from them after this, via Politico:
THIENSVILLE, Wis. -- The founder of Tea Party Nation claimed liberal ideology is responsible for "a billion" deaths over the last century during a raucous rally here Saturday in support of one of the six Republican state senators facing a recall election Tuesday. [...]
[Tea Party Nation CEO Judson] Phillips, who a day prior likened protesters of Gov. Scott Walker to Nazi storm troopers, urged a few hundred tea party supporters to turn out for State Sen. Alberta Darling, who is in a ferocious battle with Rep. Sandy Pasch to hold onto her suburban Milwaukee seat. [...]
Vince Schmuki, a leader of the Ozaukee Patriot tea party group compared the recall effort to a terrorist attack.
"This is ground zero," said Schmuki. "You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked.... Tuesday is going to be the beginning of our takeover. And we're going to follow it up the following week and then we're going to polish off the enemy in November 2012. Who's with me?"
Aren't Judson Phillips and his trusty band of tea baggers swell? Phillips is the same guy who tried to politicize the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabby Giffords. USA! USA!
So. The next time some self-righteous conservative wingnut tries to deny their own and/or their cohorts' direct calls to violence, please refer them to this post, specifically the lovely "Polish off the enemy" quote.
And how about that "Nazi storm troopers" zinger? Really? Healthy and peaceful dissent and protest are tantamount to a holocaust? Democracy in action is equivalent to a dictator's mass persecution and murder of millions? Gee, that's not an extreme or deranged assertion at all. Anyone on the Tee Vee Machine picking up on that?
I didn't think so.
Now for reaction from Wisconsin Dems:
This isn't even dog-whistle material. It is violence-inciting language by out-of-state agitators, and it should be exposed as such and denounced by Republican recall candidates.
If the grassroots uprising that sparked these recalls is what Tea Party leaders are literally comparing to the 9/11 attacks on New York, what might you think is the appropriate response? This is not acceptable political discourse, anywhere. It is a deliberate attempt to incite violence. It is especially despicable here in Wisconsin, where the movement and uprising against Scott Walker and legislators in Madison has been completely peaceful, largely civil, and has had no recorded incidents of violence on our side of this battle.
[E]very Republican candidate national they're touring the state to support should be on the record as either denouncing or embracing these Tea Party leaders and their rhetoric.
Please share this post with as many people as you can, since the so-called "news" media aren't touching it because of their, you know, liberal bias.