Whether it’s Jonah Golberg and Glenn Beck making “liberals” out to be “fascists,” or Keith Olbermann and Erick Erickson comparing their least favorite Supreme Court decisions to Scott v. Sanford (“Dred Scott”), it ought to be possible to criticize our political opponents without comparing them to the worst parts of human history.
Keith Olbermann’s equivalence between Citizens United and Dred Scott is particularly reprehensible. Although I most certainly don’t, if you buy Erickson’s premise — that every fetus is a human life — it actually makes sense to compare Roe to Scott, as a matter of scale if not of taste. But despite the obvious flaws in Citizens United, and the deleterious effects it shall surely work on the political process, it comes nowhere close to the evils of Scott, which literally multiply with every reading. The time has come for us to stop tolerating extremists on either side. If we’re going to boycott Glenn Beck, we should at least try to moderate Olbermann, or push him out of the mainstream.