By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Rush Limbaugh’s recent remarks comparing Democrats to Nazis has drawn widespread condemnation among Jewish groups, but has also triggered a fight among them over which party is abusing the Nazi analogy.
Limbaugh was commenting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s assertion that some protesters at town meetings bore swastika signs. Limbaugh said similarities between the Obama health-care logo and the Nazi logo were “overwhelming.” He then drew comparisons between the Democratic party and the Nazi party.
Jewish groups criticized the remarks, saying they were insensitive to Holocaust victims.
Then, as reported by the JTA, things got even more political. Some Democratic Jewish groups wanted House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia to condemn the remarks, pointing out that Cantor has defended Limbaugh in the past. But some Republic Jewish groups, who also criticized the remarks, went after Washington Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat, who last week decried what he called “brown-shirt tactics” by health-care reform opponents.
No comments yet from Cantor or Baird.