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February 24, 2012

12:05
P.M.

Dana Milbank Live: Santorum's Nazi comparisons and more

Total Responses: 36

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Host: Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank reviews the political theater of the nation's capital in his editorial-page column. His most recent book is "Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America;" his other books are "Homo Politicus" (Doubleday, 2008) and "Smashmouth" (Basic Books, 2001). Milbank joined The Post as a political reporter in 2000 and wrote the "Washington Sketch" column for nearly six years. He lives in Washington with his wife and daughter. • Dana Milbank Bio & Archive
Milbank Q&As
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Dana Milbank :

Good afternoon, dear readers.  It has been another excellent week in politics, with Rick Santorum's Nazis, Mitt Romney's foray into ulcer medication and Bob McDonnell's intravaginal ultrasound.  What would you like to discuss?

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Will you do as Romney does?

Mitt Romney said, "You get to ask the questions you want, I get to give the answers I want." I dare you to answer all our questions in this chat with non sequiturs.

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Dana Milbank :

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. 123456789

– February 24, 2012 12:06 PM
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Santorum's Abuse of the Nazi Theme

The 'Nazi' card is no longer used by thinking Democrats when attacking Republicans because it was overused in the past , and to Democrats, it now sounds like what it is: overstatement. On the other hand, Republicans play the card regularly to their information challenged supporters, because they at least know that much about history: that Hitler was "a really bad guy."

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Dana Milbank :

Yes, most troubling part of Santorum's Obama-is-Hitler thing was Rick's sense that Americans in 1940-41 thought Hitler might be a nice guy.   Makes it more clear that he did, in fact, have Obama in mind, because this setup makes the comparison smoother, if completely false.

– February 24, 2012 12:08 PM
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Bringing up Nazis in arguments

I'm surprised your column didn't mention the golden rule of the internet debate, that if you need to bring up the Nazis in your argument, you've (Santorum) already lost.

[Producer's note:  See also Godwin's Law]

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Dana Milbank :

Made mention of it without Mr. Godwin this time.  Got into that in an earlier bit about my old friend Glenn Beck -- who interestingly became a big Santorum fan at about the time the Nazi stuff came out.

– February 24, 2012 12:09 PM
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Springfield

If Santorum doesn't win the Republican nomination, will he put his glasses back on, regrow his mustache and move back next door to Marge and Homer?
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Dana Milbank :

I almost answered this with a Nazi pun but even I have some limits.

– February 24, 2012 12:11 PM
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Santorum's Nazis

Hi mr. Millbank, i am a 14-year-old, 9th-grader from NYC. I would like to suggest that perhaps Santorum's Nazi-calling games grew out of his own unbendable mind? There is a old playground taunt that after an insult, the child would say: "look in the mirror!" There is a streak of childishness across the GOP candidates. My question to you is: is this how political games are played? And how we, as teenagers, discern truth from hoopla?

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Dana Milbank :

I did not know there were minors on this chat!  Tone it down, everybody.   In my day the playground taunt was "I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you."   A generation earlier it was, I believe, "so's your mama." Before that, "so's your old man."

 

– February 24, 2012 12:13 PM
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Number of primary voters

Hi Dana, Is it true that the number of Republican primary and caucus voters is dramaticaly down from previous cycles? If so, is this an indication of what right leaning voter turnout may be like in the general election?

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Dana Milbank :

It is evidence that President Obama has shipped them to a secret black site and is not letting them out until mid-November.

– February 24, 2012 12:14 PM
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Friday night plight

I'm going out tonight but I haven't been able to reach Rick Santorum for him to tell me what is acceptable behavior for me when I'm out. What should I do?
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Dana Milbank :

Rick is tied up at the moment, so why don't you send your specific behavior questions to me and I will lead readers in answering them for you the way we believe Santorum would?

– February 24, 2012 12:16 PM
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Debate prep

If it is god's will that Santorum run for president don't you think god would have given Santorum some better debate responses for Romney's attacks?
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Dana Milbank :

As Rick Perry said: God told him to run; He didn't say anything about winning.

– February 24, 2012 12:17 PM
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Weak bladder?

Dana, something that caught my eye during the debates, but I forgot about it because Santorum seemed destined for oblivion. Now that he has resurrected, it seems to have become a very urgent and important issue. Here it comes: why does Santorum always run off stage during the commercial breaks of the debates? Does he have a weak bladder or does he go for a quick prayer?

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Dana Milbank :

He receives answers from a Burning Bush just offstage.  Sort of an old-school version of that radio transponder Bush used to keep between his shoulder blades.

– February 24, 2012 12:18 PM
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Did Nazis invent Chimigangas?

Your favorite food comes from South America, right?
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Dana Milbank :

Comes from Arizona, actually.   Although some would say that proves your point.

– February 24, 2012 12:20 PM
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What State of Mind is Santorum From?

Rick Santorum has stated that he doesn't like birth control, and that states have the right to ban it. Do you think that he believes that in some states of mind, contraception could be ruled illegal? For example, the state of arousal?

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Dana Milbank :

THERE ARE TEENAGERS ON THIS CHAT!!!!!

SHHHHHHH.

– February 24, 2012 12:20 PM
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I will lead readers in answering them for you the way we believe Santorum would?

Oh yes oh yes oh yes! Let's play THIS game!
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RE: Friday Night Plight

Could you also ask Rick Santorum if its ok to have contraceptives?
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Dana Milbank :

No. It is ok for the federal government to subsidize the contraceptives but it is not acceptable to use them for the intended purpose.  You would be free, for example, to take condoms with you on Friday night but only for the purpose of making water balloons.

– February 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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What should I do?

Make sure you have some aspirin to put between your knees.
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Dana Milbank :

This is always good advice for a Friday night because this form of birth control doubles as hangover prevention.

– February 24, 2012 12:24 PM
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"Rick is tied up at the moment"

I call [shenanigans (since we have minors here)]. Rick would never be "tied up." And shame on you for thinking such things! This is EXACTLY the kind of slippery slope that he has been warning us about.
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Dana Milbank :

Oh, restrain yourself. Ahem.

 

– February 24, 2012 12:24 PM
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"I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you."

This explains a great deal about your personality, childhood must have not been easy for you...
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Dana Milbank :

So's your mama.

– February 24, 2012 12:25 PM
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Dear Rick:

How do I get to first base? Hopefully, Jayson Werth.
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Dana Milbank :

Well, readers?  What Would Rick Do to get to first base?

– February 24, 2012 12:26 PM
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Women and Santorum

Hi Dana. What do you make of this new poll that shows women's support for Santorum is actually increasing. I can't figure it out...can you?
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Dana Milbank :

Aspirin overdose?

– February 24, 2012 12:28 PM
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Rick Santorum makes me want to cry

I am five years old and Rick Santorum scares me. Do I really have to wait until I'm 18 to vote?
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Dana Milbank :

Do not worry, little one.  Rick Santorum has several children who are exactly your age and would do nothing to hurt them.

– February 24, 2012 12:29 PM
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14 year old

I think he needs to moderate the next debate. He'd be one of the few adults in the room. As a woman who thought the contraception debate was over with a long time ago, I think this kid is absolutely on target.
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Dana Milbank :

Or at least do next week's chat instead of me.

– February 24, 2012 12:30 PM
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Jeremy Lin

Have you caught Linsanity, Linmania, or any other Jeremy Lin related ailments?

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Dana Milbank :

He's no Chris Dudley. 

– February 24, 2012 12:31 PM
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So's your mama.

"I know I am but what are you?"
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Dana Milbank :

Yes! And kids would say it back and forth to each other endlessly.   You didn't go to Old Mill Road School in North Merrick, New York, did you? 

– February 24, 2012 12:32 PM
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What Would Rick Do to get to first base?

He would let four balls go by.

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Dana Milbank :

He certainly balks a lot, too.

– February 24, 2012 12:32 PM
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Secret Obama supporter?

Dana, obama ads are popping up on your chat. what gives?

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Dana Milbank :

I think those ads follow your viewing habits.  So, for example, if I were to go to the page right now my screen would be full of diet and bourbon ads.

– February 24, 2012 12:33 PM
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What would Rick do to get to first base?

Marriage, nothing less would do

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Dana Milbank :

I predict this one will go into extra innings.

– February 24, 2012 12:34 PM
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Rick gets to First base...

He can't sacrifice....a bunt won't get him there...but maybe an error on another's part will!
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Dana Milbank :

This is the point in the chat where I state that I am in awe of the readership.

– February 24, 2012 12:35 PM
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Yo' mama

Yo' mama's so big she could host a Republican debate on her belly.
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Dana Milbank :

This is not the point in the chat when I say anything about awe of the readership.

– February 24, 2012 12:35 PM
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Pittsburgh

From the early years of your journalistic career here in the Steel City, what one thing about Rick Santorum do most Americans not know about him that would make a significant difference to his Presidential campaign (whether helping or hurting him)?
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Dana Milbank :

I have it on good information that he's been to. . . the Strip District.

– February 24, 2012 12:37 PM
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Chris Dudley

Are the Yalies jealous of their rivals success?
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Dana Milbank :

Very good. Was wondering if anybody would get that dated Yale-NBA reference. 

– February 24, 2012 12:40 PM
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WHAT WOULD RICK DO TO GET TO FIRST BASE?

Coach.
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Dana Milbank :

Yes, then a stolen base or two and he's trying to get home with a suicide squeeze.

– February 24, 2012 12:42 PM
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Send your specific behavior questions to me

Ok, I'll bite. So Rick says the rhythm method is the only acceptable form of birth control. So if I'm looking to hook up tonight there is no possible polite way to figure out an acceptable potential partner. What should I do?

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Dana Milbank :

Some help here, people?

– February 24, 2012 12:42 PM
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Ranking the pejoratives

What's worse than being called a Nazi? Seems like it's becoming somewhat diluted with the Soup Nazi and the Stasi troops changing Steve King's light bulbs?
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Dana Milbank :

A well-placed so's-your-old-man can be devastating.

– February 24, 2012 12:44 PM
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You have to be on base before balking helps

But the man has 7 kids, so he seems to be able to get to first base before letting the balks take over.
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Dana Milbank :

And now we have officially killed this with a Louisville Slugger.

– February 24, 2012 12:48 PM
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Dana Milbank :

Just to let you know, I've received many responses to the rhythm-method question but none is printable.

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All-time greatest Ivy Leaguer in the NBA?

Wasn't the all-time greatest Ivy Leaguer in the NBA New Jersey's then-future Senator Bill Bradley?
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Producer's note: Legendary columnist Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe recently published his all-time Ivy-Leaguers-in-the-NBA team

– February 24, 2012 12:51 PM
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Dana Milbank :

Princeton is in the Ivy League?

Should have mentioned:  Haley Crum is out, so moderating today is the big dog, Jon DeNunzio, who knows something about sports.

– February 24, 2012 12:51 PM
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I'VE GOT RHYTHM - WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?

Sorry buddy, but if you're looking to hook up tonight, you might consider checking your sweater vest at the door.
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Dana Milbank :

Finally, one that can be shared with the fourteen-year-olds. 

– February 24, 2012 12:52 PM
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Friday Night Plight

Is it OK for me to have wild orgies with bunch of men tonight as long as I plan on getting pregnant?
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Dana Milbank :

As long as you are married to all of them.

Yes, that is our signal. It is time to go.  Thank you for chatting.  Back with you next week.  Until then, @milbank on Twitter. 

– February 24, 2012 12:54 PM
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