State Sen. Stacey Campfield is no stranger to the provocative analogy, and his latest already has provoked a condemnation from the head of the Tennessee Republican Party.
In a one-line "Thought of the Day" post to his blog this morning, Campfield, R-Knoxville, compares Obamacare signups to Nazi "train rides" -- presumably a reference to the death camps.
"Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s," he writes.
Campfield's confirmation of Godwin's Law prompted state GOP Chairman Chris Devaney to demand he apologize.
"While Stacey Campfield routinely makes remarks that are over the top, today's comments are ignorant and repugnant," he responded in an official statement emailed to reporters this morning. "No political or policy disagreement should ever be compared to the suffering endured by an entire generation of people. Those comments have no place in our public discourse. He should offer an apology to members of the Jewish faith immediately."
Devaney's counterpart, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron, wasn't much a fan of the comparison either.
"Senator Campfield's blog post this morning is just the latest example of Tea Party Republican extremism. To compare attempts to save American lives through access to healthcare with Nazis killing European Jews is outrageous, pathetic, and hateful," he said. "Sen. Campfield and other Tea Party Republicans ought to look at the 5,000 Tennesseans who will die within the next 3 years because Tea Party Republicans refused to take the 100% federal funding to expand Medicaid and have denied working Tennesseans access to healthcare."