In a sane society, Mike Huckabee’s recent likening of the U.S. debt ceiling problem to the Holocaust would bode poorly for the future of his political career. Not in America.

In March, Huckabee told a crowd at a Rediscovering God in America conference that all Americans should be forced at gunpoint to hear the sermons of Christian evangelical and historical revisionist David Barton. –ARK


Apparently, the Yad Vashem anecdote was such a hit Huckabee has taken to applying it to other topics. Over the weekend, Huckabee spoke at the annual NRA convention — the same venue where he made an awkward joke in 2008 about Barack Obama supposedly being shot at — and brought up the debt ceiling during his speech. Here’s how the Washington Post described his remarks:

[Huckabee] offered an anecdote that seemingly compared silence in the face of mounting debt in modern America to those who said nothing about the rise of the Nazis.

He recalled a family trip years ago to a Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. He said he was comforted when his young daughter, at the end of the tour, wrote unbidden in the guest book: “Why didn’t anybody do something?”

“Let there never be a time in this country when some father has to look over his daughter’s shoulder and see her ask the haunting question, ‘why didn’t somebody do something?’ ” he said.

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