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Terry McAuliffe Vs. Nro

The DNC chairman is asking his Republican counterpart, Ed Gillespie, to repudiate a recent article on NRO. “Will GOP Chairman Rebuke Conservative’s Vile Hate Speech?” runs the press-release headline. Democrats say, “National Review writer Timothy Carney in a column on Friday, compared Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to Nazis and Senator Orrin Hatch to Neville Chamberlain. It will be interesting to note whether Gillespie will be hit with another fit of outrage over political ‘hate speech.’”

You will not actually find the word “Nazi” in Tim Carney’s article. The Chamberlain comparison is indeed present, which I suppose makes the Nazi comparison a kind of spectral presence. But McAuliffe didn’t say “Carney compared Hatch to Chamberlain, which would make the Senate Democrats Nazis, which is outrageous,” since saying that would sound pretty lame. His misleading shot at us strikes me as more objectionable than Carney’s article.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.