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””

  1. Byron:
    The tunnel is for train traffic not cars,and what they could charge would be the cost of a ticket,either daily,weekly or a monthly charge.

    You can purchase tickets with those options.

    But you know I’m glad you brought that up,I just came in from running an errand and a commentator was talking about the disapointment a lot of peolpe have felt with that decision,and it brought to mind isn’t this what we have elections for,and that is to **solve** our problems ?
    Such as the one the tunnel project presented.And as the article says”Let’s be grateful, at least, that earlier generations built the bridges and tunnels we rely on today.

    They could have punted, too. Then where would we be?”

  2. Gyges:

    But do you? We have a bus system here in Virginia in the area I live in that costs over a million dollars a year and it carries 2-3 people per week. It is paid for by tax payer dollars. I imagine that there are many government funded projects exactly like that.

    I think the tunnel could be built with private funds and instead of governmnet giving money to the project why not give large tax benefits to the company? You could probably make the deal work with a little imagination.


    how many people would use that tunnel per day and what could you charge?

  3. eniobob,

    Stunning. Could it be that the Democratic party is so calculating that it believes that Boehner’s reelection will somehow help Obama and the Dems in 2012???

    I don’t know anymore…

    I took a quick look at Justin Coussoule’s site and, at a glance, he seems like a decent, sensible, regular guy. I’m still hoping for an October surprise, as I’ve said before, but will happily wait until November, if it means waking up on November 3rd, knowing that John Boehner is “out of the House” and in his rightful place, which is out on the links or stretched out on a tanning bed, I gather.

  4. eniobob The DCCC looks at each race individually. Since Boehner has a lock on that house seat and they have limited funds why would they send limited resources there. There are better opportunities and incumbents to defend. Dan Seals in Illinois has a chance to pick up a seat so they are sending money to him. A candidate has to demonstrate viability to get the funds.

  5. anon nurse :

    I saw the candidate yesterday being interviewed and the reason you probably haven’t heard about him is,are you ready for this?

    He is not or as of yesterday gotten any funding from the Democratic party.

    Hes funding his campaign and he is not turning down any help from the party,but they haven’t as I said as of yesterday came to help.

    Now figure that out.

  6. eniobob,

    Well, not exactly the “October surprise” for which I’ve been hoping, but it would be a great “November 2nd surprise.” How I would love to wake up on 11/03, knowing that JB had been defeated…

    Until today, I’d never heard the name “Justin Coussoule”, I’m a little embarassed to admit.

  7. Hey MSM, Boehner is running for reelection also! UPDATE
    ShareNew 0by Gator
    Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 05:51:30 AM PDT
    I watch a lot of news/political shows. To date I have heard John Boehner’s name only mentioned in the context of being the next Speaker of the House.

    I find it odd that he is treated as if he has no opponent in his home district; OH-8.

    Join me below the fold for an example of my letter to Morning Joe.

    UPDATE: I will stop viewing Morning Joe for one week if you all will commit to writing one media outlet.

    BTW: Thanks for all the Recs.,-Boehner-is-running-for-reelection-also!

  8. SwM,

    As an Ohioan I am embarrassed … may I remind one and all that these two idiots live in western Ohio, far far away from myself and Buckeye (I think Buckeye lives in southern Ohio)

  9. Thanks for the Boehner/Iott link, Swarthmore mom. And the article on fascism — the one that you posted yesterday is right “on the mark.”

    Those who want to “take back America” already have their foot soldiers in place. These are truly dangerous times. Not an overstatement.

  10. Byron,

    “Seems to me if the project makes financial sense some construction company will figure out how to make it happen.”

    Just a quick point that might help you understand where I come from (and I’m not speaking of the tunnel in question, I have absolutely no information to make a decision about it): When I said that I think the Government needs to be involved in areas where it benefits society for everyone to have access and share costs, those projects by their very nature often don’t make financial sense.

    That’s why the government needs to get involved in the first place. If a company could make profit supplying those to everybody, they would be already. It’s the everyone that’s usually the hang up.

  11. Byron:
    “I think the Gov is thinking about the huge overruns for the “Big Dig” in Boston and is a little gun shy.”

    But thats one of the problems,he was given “options”.

    This is who else are governor is and why hes such a “darling”

    According to Gov. Chris Christie, women aren’t allowed to defend themselves!
    Oh wow. According to Fat Boy Christie, women are not allowed to defend themselves, have no idea how to defend themselves, and they need Fat Boy to do their talking! Yep, that’s right. Don’t believe me? Check out Fat Boy With The Big Mouth….

    BTW: On a personal note,earlier in the school year the students at my grandsons high school walked out in protest of his cuts in education.

    The kids no whats going on.

  12. Confirmation of what many already knew or suspected regarding Bush’s war, but disturbing nonetheless:

    Fmr. Argentine President Kirchner Dies of Heart Attack And Argentina has declared three days of national mourning following the death of former President Nestor Kirchner.

    The 60-year Kirchner died from a heart attack Wednesday after being hospitalized with chest pains. He had been expected to seek another presidential term to replace his wife, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, next year. Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in front of Argentina’s national palace in Buenos Aires after the news broke. Kirchner headed Argentina from 2003 to 2007 as it struggled to recover from a crippling financial meltdown.

    In an interview with the filmmaker Oliver Stone last year, Kirchner recounted a conversation he had with then-President George W. Bush on war and the economy.

    Oliver Stone: “Were there any eye-to-eye moments with President Bush that day, that night?”

    Nestor Kirchner: [translated] “I say it’s not necessary to kneel before power. Nor do you need to be rude to say the things you have to say to those who oppose our actions. We had a discussion in Monterey. I said that a solution to the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan. And he got angry. He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats. He said the best way to revitalize the economy is war and that the United States has grown stronger with war.”

    Oliver Stone: “War. He said that?”

    Nestor Kirchner: [translated] “He said that. Those were his exact words.”

    Oliver Stone: “Was he suggesting that South America go to war?”

    Nestor Kirchner: [translated] “Well, he was talking about the United States. The Democrats had been wrong. All of the economic growth of the United States has been encouraged by the various wars. He said it very clearly. President Bush is—well, he’s only got six days left, right?”

    Oliver Stone: “Yes.”

    Nestor Kirchner: [translated] “Thank God.”

  13. eniobob,

    Great article … thanks for the insight and the education … he beat Corzine 48.5% to 44.9% … N J got what it voted for

  14. Eniobob:

    If the numbers work it seems to me there is a toll tunnel solution. But how much do you pay and how many people ride each day? How much would people pay for a ticket?

    It seems to me you could make this work with a private sector solution. You could also sell advertisement, for example call it the Nextel Tunnel or the Staples Tunnel and sell advertising on the train cars. I guess it just depends on how much money could be generated. If you had 100,000 people taking it everyday each way for say $10 bucks ($5/per trip) that is a million a day 250 million per year if it costs 9 billion to build it would take 50 years to recoup your money. It doesn’t make much sense in that case. If you could charge 20 or 25 per ticket it might or if you had a larger ridership. Advertisements would help out.

    I think the Gov is thinking about the huge overruns for the “Big Dig” in Boston and is a little gun shy.

  15. “Let’s be grateful, at least, that earlier generations built the bridges and tunnels we rely on today.” from the above article.

    Good article. Thanks for posting it, eniobob.

  16. Byron:

    We had a little discussion about this yeterday,our local paper breaks it down better than I,and keep in mind the “new” Republican party is pushing our governor to run for Presidet in 2012:

    Christie to tunnel commuters: Drop dead
    Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 5:57 AM
    Star-Ledger Editorial Board

    Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerGov. Christie Christie announces he has shut down the ARC tunnel project.

    Many people had hoped that Gov. Chris Christie’s tough stance against the ARC tunnel was a bargaining stunt, an attempt to win more concessions from the federal government.

    We learned yesterday that was not true. He won major concessions, and he killed the tunnel anyway.

    In the short run, that means the state will lose $3 billion in federal money and be forced to pay back $350 million that’s been spent. That works out to about $1,000 per household, gone for good.

    And believe it or not, that’s not the worst of it. This decision will stunt the state’s economic growth for years by putting a hard cap on access to Manhattan, the richest source of good jobs for this state’s work force. He is strangling the golden goose.

    That ends an era. Over the past 30 years, New Jersey has captured the majority of the new Manhattan jobs that went to suburban commuters. We’ve been beating New York and Connecticut solidly, and that has ensured this state’s prosperity, even as the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries shrunk.

    In that period, rail ridership from New Jersey exploded. And with the existing tunnels at capacity, that growth cannot continue.

    Pinching off access to Manhattan will also reduce real estate values by roughly $18 billion, and give us more train delays, more traffic jams and more smog.

    Options left in the dust

    The governor understands all this. But he killed the tunnel anyway because the costs have escalated and New Jersey is on the hook for all overruns.
    “We just can’t afford it,” he said yesterday.

    Give him this: The state’s gigantic pension and health obligations make this much harder. We are paying for yesterday’s sins.

    Still, he had options. There is already $9 billion set aside, nearly enough to cover the low-end cost estimates. To cover overruns, he could have asked for a surcharge on train tickets, or a modest increase in the gas tax. He could have formed a partnership with private investors that would make them responsible for overruns, as was done recently in Miami and Denver. He could have phased in the costs over a longer period.
    But he rejected all those options. And he turned down an offer for an increase in federal aid of nearly $400 million.

    The dark explanation for this is the only one that makes sense: The governor wants to grab the money set aside for the tunnel and use it to replenish the bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. That’s the only way he can avoid raising the gas tax and keep his national reputation intact.

    Asked yesterday if he expected to shift the money to the TTF, the governor said he had “no idea.” So much for straight talk.

    Where do we go from here?

    So what’s Plan B? Yesterday, the governor suggested that Amtrak might build a tunnel instead, and that New Jersey could contribute.

    That is complete hokum. Amtrak does hope to build another tunnel, but its plans are tentative. It has no funding. It has done no design work, or environmental studies. It is at the stage that the ARC tunnel was about 20 years ago.

    If all goes smoothly, Amtrak might be able to break ground by 2030, a spokesman said yesterday.

    The irony is that Christie has emphasized the need to sacrifice today on behalf of the future. That’s at the core of his effort to cut spending, and contain salaries and benefits for public employees.

    With this decision, he’s done violence to that principle. He is choosing the easy path and leaving this expense to the future, when it surely will be much higher.

    Let’s be grateful, at least, that earlier generations built the bridges and tunnels we rely on today.

    They could have punted, too. Then where would we be?

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