Deutsch Tweet: Wisconsin GOP Candidate Criticized for Calling Hitler a “Strong Leader”

Just days after another GOP candidate was criticized for prancing around in a Nazi uniform, Wisconsin Republican state Senate candidate Dane Deutsch has been criticized for calling Adolph Hitler a “strong leader.”

Deutsch sent a tweet stating “Hitler and Lincoln were both strong leaders. Lincoln’s character made him the greater leader whose legacy and leadership still lives on!” For a guy named Deutsch, it played directly into his opponent’s hands who lambasted him for the tweet.

He later insisted that he was merely stating Hitler had a great influence on people. He insists that he was pointing out the difference between a leader with an evil and a leader with a righteous character — the latter having a more lasting legacy. That is a plausible explanation but Twitter is not the best means to make such profound thoughts in 140 characters or less. That may be a more Facebook chat item for the future.

Source; Tribune

119 thoughts on “Deutsch Tweet: Wisconsin GOP Candidate Criticized for Calling Hitler a “Strong Leader””

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  2. LaHood on ARC: One derailment won’t stop progress
    Published: Friday, October 29, 2010, 6:26 AM
    Star-Ledger Guest Columnist

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged Gov. Chris Christie to continue work on the ARC tunnel.

    By Ray LaHood

    Two weeks ago, I helped dedicate the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which bypasses the narrow, two-lane road atop the Hoover Dam. It is a marvel of engineering, the longest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, and it rests on the tallest precast concrete columns ever fashioned.

    http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2010/10/lahood_on_arc_one_derailment_w.html

  3. Sen. Lautenberg launches investigation into cancellation of ARC tunnel project
    Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 8:35 PM Updated: Friday, October 29, 2010, 5:15 AM
    Peggy Ackerman/State House Bureau

    David Gard/For The Star-LedgerU.S. Sen. Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

    TRENTON — A day after Gov. Chris Christie killed a proposed multibillion-dollar Hudson River train tunnel, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg launched his own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the project’s demise.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/sen_lautenberg_launches_invest.html

  4. When you wake up in the morning and open your local paper and see that someone there must be reading the Turley Blog and sees a comment that you made and prints something that backs up your statement you have to sit back and say WOW!

    ( I could only wish that was true,but it sure seems like it.)

    “eniobob 1, October 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Oh one other thing that “truth” teller James O’keefe has let this video loose on our state,and the Governor is taking his actions as truth telling.
    The governor is a former prosecutor and you would think that someone who has been caught in lies and manipulating of facts can’t be trusted but I guess not in this case.”

    “‘Teachers Union Gone Wild’
    Published: Friday, October 29, 2010, 6:00 AM
    Star-Ledger Editorial Board Star-Ledger Editorial Board

    “Is James O’Keefe really an ally Gov. Chris Christie wants in his war with the New Jersey Education Association?

    Rather than directing people to the gonzo journalist’s hidden videos and tape recordings of teachers, administrators and union reps, Christie should have said: “Look, I’m not the NJEA’s biggest fan, but I don’t condone what O’Keefe did. It’s sleazy.”

    Instead, the governor co-opted the questionable material for his political purposes:

    “Nothing on those videos surprises me,” Christie said, without investigating whether the tapes were authentic or allegations on the tapes were true. He added: “If you need an example of what I’ve been talking about for the last nine months … go watch this video.”

    Given O’Keefe’s shady past, his work shouldn’t have received two thumbs-up from the governor.

    O’Keefe, who grew up in Bergen County and attended Rutgers, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after he was caught tampering with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu during another “investigative” assignment. More recently, he allegedly tried to lure a female CNN reporter to a boat filed with sex toys, but the plot was uncovered.

    He made his first big splash when, dressed like a pimp, he secretly filmed ACORN employees supposedly advising him on how to run his illegal business. Investigators later discovered the tapes had been selectively edited to be misleading.

    In the end, the NJEA tapes reveal little: a union rep telling a story about unsubstantiated voter fraud in Hudson County; an actor calling a school official to say that a teacher used the N-word on his fictitious child, then acting indignant when the official says the tenured teacher cannot be fired immediately, because there is “due process”; some anti-Christie chants at an NJEA convention.

    Yes, politics makes strange bedfellows, but Christie should check for fleas.”

  5. Byron,

    I’ve seen several people with brown hair. All people must have brown hair.

    The great thing about considering things on their individual merits is that I can say “Oh, that projects bad,” or “oh that projects worthwhile” without being a hypocrite.

  6. Eniobob:

    that was pretty bad. I always wondered when that was going to come to an end. The prince or whatever he was called was interviewed by some television show which did a story on Dubai a few years ago and I was amazed. I thought they were building all of that with money they had. At least that is what I inferred from what the prince was saying.

    It seems people have gone crazy, gone are the days when a J. W. Marriot would only build hotels with profits from his business so he would not have to go into debt. I think business schools need to start teaching how to grow solid companies through re-investing profits and Wall Street bankers and venture capitalists need to re-examine how and to whom they lend money. People also need to be responsible for debt they rack up, whether it’s a private citizen or a multi-national company. You go into debt it shouldn’t be the tax payer who bails you out.

    That was an example of stupid people having more money than sense. Gamblers really, not investors. I used to hear about people making a $100,000 in a day on a stock trade, they eventually lost their ass and polluted the market. But then gambling can be a sickness, but I resent having to be the one to pick up the tab and also pay for the patients treatment.

  7. Swarthmore mom:

    “We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in United States history,”

    These two incidents where the young lady whose head was stepped on,the gentleman who was arrested and at the Eric Cantor event.

    And I think there was another event where a young lady was slapped in the face because she was carrying a Democratic placard.

    The Law Center saw this coming remember when :

    Napolitano Apologizes, But Why?
    by Liz Halloran

    April 16, 2009
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for references to the potential recruitment of military veterans by extremists that appeared in a recent assessment of the threat of domestic right-wing groups. But was her mea culpa really necessary?

    The verdict is mixed. What isn’t in question is the conservative firestorm that, fairly or not, has greeted the leaked memo.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103171936

  8. HenMan:
    ” I have been making small contributions (small income=small contributions)” :=)

  9. lottakatz- I strongly agree with your statement: “Politicians like Grayson and Kucinich are as threatening to the Democratic party and their esteemed Democratic colleagues as they are to Republicans. …Real liberals are a threat to the political establishment as practiced by both parties, that’s why I send them some money.” This is exactly what I have been doing. I no longer contribute to the Democratic Party. I received a fund raising letter last week from the Dem. Congressional Committee which included the usual “opinion survey” that I assume no one reads. The survey wanted you to rank 20 “issues” in order of their importance to you. There was no mention of civil liberties issues in the survey or anywhere else in the letter. Of course, the letter was not returned. I have been making small contributions (small income=small contributions) to Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich, and VoteVets.org. Also, to the ACLU, which I joined the day after George W. Bush was re-elected. If any one has a few bucks to spare and wants to support some excellent progressive candidates for Congress who are also military veterans, take a look at votevets.org. I think it’s vital to have men and women in Congress who will support the returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of whom have suffered serious physical and mental injuries by being sent into combat too often and too long. Mental illness, suicides, broken families, and homelessness are frequently the result. Republicans have a long history of giving vast sums to the War Department while cutting appropriations and facilities for the Veterans Administration.

  10. Byron:

    There was no thinking out side of the box here.The tunnel project in switzerland was very interesting,and looking at that link you provided theres one thing that kind a jumped out at me, I think its significant.

    “exports,machinery and electronics (21%; ,precision instruments (7%; +8%);”

    Very important I think in having that know,and it probably played a big part in that project.

  11. Eniobob:

    Why not get some people together and approach some private firms to look into doing a private tunnel? Maybe New Jersey could even make a little money on the deal and provide the land for free.

    Figuring the numbers wouldn’t be hard at all and you would make even more if you could haul freight as well. A public private solution might work as well. People rely too much on government for their deliverance.

    Your options are not just state and federal government.

  12. Let me not forget they can also haul frieght on those trains that would also cut down on the truck traffic.

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