Ben Carson—neurosurgeon, presidential candidate, and alleged sponge-fumbler—has repeatedly warned that America could go the way of Nazi Germany if people “keep their mouths shut” and don’t “stand up.” His campaign manager doesn’t necessarily disagree, he just wishes the candidate would stop trying to make political points by bringing up Hitler.
It's the inverse of Godwin's law: As a Tea Party discussion grows longer, the probability of anti-semitism approaches one. It appears we just reached that moment in the discussion of Sandra Fluke, the "slut" who ignited a right-wing witch hunt by daring to discuss her health insurance plan in public.
No, it wasn't Andrew Sullivan or Michael Wolff who said it: Nobel literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave just said in his Nobel lecture to the Swedish Academy, "if the Internet had existed at the time, perhaps Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded - ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day." What a surprising show of faith in blogs (the ridicule specialists of "the internet") from the uber-elite! We remember when bloggers were the drunken, discretion-less, pajama-clad degenerates of the media world. Now they're saving the world, retroactively! Of course this is hopelessly naive.