**Written by Doug Powers
Hot on the heels of Richard Dreyfuss claiming that in order to portray Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone’s slapstick comedy “W” he had to think like Hitler, along comes fellow Hollywood lefty Rob Reiner to take the handoff of the Nazi baton.
On Friday night’s Real Time actor/director/writer Rob Reiner contended all the Tea Party needs to match Adolph Hitler is a charismatic leader:
He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was charismatic and they were having bad economic times – just like we are now – people were out of work, they needed jobs and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold. “I’m angry and I’m frightened and you should hate that guy over there.”
“Right,” Bill Maher chirped in as Reiner, to applause from HBO’s Los Angeles audience, declared: “And that’s what they’re doing.”
The Tea Party: Dedicated to smaller government and re-acquainting it with constitutional principles, responsible spending, levels of taxation that remove the chains from the private sector and allow it to flourish and create jobs, and instituting these changes via the election process — just like Hitler did!
As for “fear and anger,” the only ones I see afraid and angry these days are Democrats whose careers are facing a guillotine a week from Tuesday. The Tea Party is as upbeat and motivated as Rob Reiner around a meat lovers pizza.
The When Harry Met Sally director does endanger his standing in the Tinseltown liberal pecking order by hinting that Sarah Palin might not in fact be the reincarnation of Hitler, but still, when it comes to common sense and a knack for historical perspective, I won’t have what he’s having.
Here’s the video if you can stand it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an invasion of Poland to plan…
**Written by Doug Powers
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