The big news this week was the nuclear deal with Iran, and only two types of people appeared to be displeased with the way it turned out: hardline Islamic clerics in the Republic of Iran and hardline Republican clerics in the United States.
While on Hardball with Chris Matthews this week, the former deputy assistant to Darth Cheney, Ron Christie, counted himself among the latter (or former) when he inexplicable compared the deal to September 1938, and Obama to Neville Chamberlain.
Raise your hand if you’re fed up with these asinine comparisons to the late 1930s. Because as someone with a degree in history, I know I am — and so is Chris Matthews, who did us all a service by shutting Ron Christie down on his show.
While sitting in on Hardball Monday, Ron Christie said of the nuclear deal:
Well Chris for me it’s starting to feel a lot more like September of 1938 where Neville Chamberlain, the of course Prime Minister of Great Britain said the deal he concluded with Hitler was akin to peace in our time.
Guest David Axelrod went after Christie, accusing him (rightly so) of mindlessly parroting — Orwell called this “duckspeak” — Republican talking points.
It was Matthews, however, who really took Christie down a few notches:
MATTHEWS: I want to tell you something. I hope all of the people who make these Hitler comparisons, which are never apt, never apt, we should just doing that, these Hitler comparisons, five years from now, six years from now if this deal holds, will come back say “I said a lousy thing back in 2015. I compared this president to giving away Europe to Hitler. I will totally regret that the rest of my life.”
Like you guys ought to be embarrassed about the Iraq war and never apologize for that. You’re wrong, wrong, wrong over and over again and you never get ashamed of it and you keep making up the most outrageous things! Comparing this president to being in bed with Hitler is disgusting and that’s all it is!
Being a Republican means never having to admit you’re wrong, and that’s the truth. You can say the stupidest stuff and very few people in the so-called “liberal media” will call you on it — or when they do, you can feign offense, because thin skin is haute couture on the right side of the aisle.
The one thing about this that strikes me is that it’s always 1938 in Wingnuttia. This is a comparison that they’re forever making, and as a consequence, every politician they disagree with becomes Neville Chamberlain (or Adolf Hitler).
So, in response, and designed to echo an old blue collar comedy skit, here’s a short list of things that mean “You Might be Neville Chamberlain If. . . .”
- You wonder why people still take pundits like Bill Kristol seriously after Bush’s misadventures in Iraq
- You think Bush’s misadventures in Iraq were bad for everyone involved, and don’t think that the best way to fix them involves more misadventures in Iran
- You think “Bomb them All” sounds like a fifth-grade dropout’s attempted response to adult Realpolitik
- You know Muslims are human beings, not a hive mind
- You know the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims actually matters when discussing politics in the Middle East
- You would rather not learn that the answer to the Fermi Paradox could involve Hobbs’ “War of All against All”
- You think that using nuclear warheads to turn our planet into a blasted, gamma ray-scoured hellscape sounds like a terrible idea
- And, finally: You refuse to live a fearful existence clinging to your gun and your Bible because the world is changing and there’s nothing you can do to stop it
Watch Matthews take Christie out behind the woodshed below: