While discussing the fight between the Tea Party and the Republicans this week on his show, Bill Maher wondered if it was time for the Tea Party to splinter off. While discussing the contentious primary election in Mississippi, author Max Brooks drew a comparison between the splintering of the Tea Party from the Republicans and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s.
Maher surmised that the Mississippi minority voters knew that “they wbill never elect a Democrat, so they might as well vote for the least shitty choice on the Republican side.” This was why they voted for Thad Cochran, according to Maher. He also suspected that the Tea Party could splinter if the GOP establishment continues to work against them, and that’s when Brooks made the comparison.
“In Germany in the 20s and 30s, there was this right-wing reactionary element that was so terrified of anarchy and communism that they said, ‘You know what? There’s a group of street thugs that are real ideologues and they’re willing to take it and they’re willing to bloody themselves, and, you know, once they get into power, we can control them.’”
The comparison was criticized by conservative radio host Andy Dean, but Brooks said simply that “ideologues are only loyal to ideology” and that it’s true for those who don’t “reach across the aisle” or “participate in the democratic process.”
Furthermore, Brooks was dead on when he said that ideologues are only loyal to the ideology, and I’ll also add that not only are they only loyal to the ideology, it’s impossible to be ideologically pure enough.
Watch Max Brooks compare the Tea Party to the rise of the Nazis in Weimar Germany.
You can watch the video below, courtesy of Crooks & Liars: