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They may be cowering in a corner on the most pressing matters of the day, but if a Republican steps on his tongue, count on the Tennessee Democratic Party to boldly fight on behalf of righteousness.
That was apparent last week during the state Senate's latest debate. The subject: school nutrition. The rhetorical slip: Sen. Dewayne Bunch (R-Cleveland) referring to those who worry about such things as the "nutritional Nazi police."
Of course, invoking the Nazis is not new to political debate. Conservatives have their "feminazis," and lefties have their behavioral Nazis -- as in: "Dewayne Bunch has the heart of a Nazi when it comes to school nutrition." In this case, Bunch says he was merely invoking the "soup Nazi" of Seinfeld fame. Either way, he surely had no intent to underplay Jewish suffering during World War II.
But that's not how Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester saw it. He blasted Bunch for committing the "height of insensitivity to both the survivors of the 6 million Jewish
people slaughtered by Nazis and to the millions of Americans who fought
in World War II to end these atrocities." Consider it another triumph for manufactured outrage.
Maybe we could buy Forrester's alarm if he routinely turned it to the suffering of Tennesseans -- like the developers' tax loophole
, or the Screwing Old People Bill
, or the 10,000 new gun laws. But to only show up for a rhetorical slip? We'll leave it to you, dear reader, to insert the proper expletives here.