Our charming Vice President sat down for an interview with Rush Limbaugh yesterday. In addition to the Vice President's claim that there were links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, the interview contained a few special delights. For instance, there's this, about the Democrats in Congress:
"Q Can you share with us whether or not you understand their devotion, or their seeming allegiance to the concept of U.S. defeat?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I can't."
That's pretty offensive. But not nearly as offensive as this, from a discussion of Bush's recess appointment of Sam Fox, one of the people who funded the Swift Boat ads:
"This is the kind of move that garners a lot of support from the people in the country. This shows the administration willing to engage these people and not allow them to get away with this kind of -- well, my term -- you don't have to accept it -- Stalinist behavior from these people on that committee.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, you're dead on, Rush."
Dead on! Look -- it's Harry Reid! Or maybe Nancy Pelosi with a moustache! I'm somewhere in the faceless crowd, staring up in adoration.
What Limbaugh and Cheney are talking about is: the Senate's failure to confirm someone for an ambassadorship. I wonder which of Stalin's actions Limbaugh and Cheney think that's like. Was it, perhaps, like causing the Ukraine famine? Like Stalin sending people to find and confiscate hoarded grain:
-- grain that the families who had grown it were trying desperately to keep, because their children looked like this:
Hmm: that doesn't seem quite like denying someone an appointment as Ambassador to Belgium. Perhaps Limbaugh and Cheney had in mind something like what Stalin did to these men:
They are prisoners in the Gulag, and they are in the process of digging a 141 mile canal with those pitiful implements you see in the picture. No one knows how many of them died in the course of building it; Wikipedia puts the figure at 100,000. Oddly enough, though, this doesn't seem all that comparable either.
I'd post pictures of the purges, but I don't think there are any. Besides, failing to confirm someone as Ambassador to Belgium isn't all that much like killing millions of people either.
Perhaps, in Rush Limbaugh's and Dick Cheney's imaginations, not confirming someone to be ambassador to Belgium, after which he can either go off and live a happy life or be given a recess appointment, is like causing the deaths of millions. In that case, they should probably be institutionalized. If not, they should stop trivializing some of the greatest atrocities in human history.