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Saturday, June 26, 2004

OK, I'm calling Godwin on George W. Bush and Karl Rove and his bully boys at the Bush reelection campaign.

I'm sure all the conservative readers of this blog (yeah, all one or two of you) remember the MoveOn.Org ad contest where someone created an ad that compared George W. Bush to Hitler. It got a lot of GOP dander up. It didn't even end up amongst the 15 finalists. However, someone in Bush's campaign didn't forget the dustup.

There is now a new ad on the official Bush re-election campaign website that compares presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry, defeated Democratic challenger Howard Dean and former Vice-President Al Gore with Hitler. And some conservatives think Michael Moore plays fast and loose with emotional images?

The truth of the matter is that the original ad was not officially sanctioned by anyone even in the organization MoveOn.Org, much less the Democratic National Committee, or any Democratic candidate's campaign. It was an open submission to a contest. It was rejected in the course of the contest. Now there is a web ad from the Bush campaign that tars Democrats with the same brush that the contestant used.

MoveOn.Org moved very quickly to "call Godwin" on the offending ad. I think it's time for Bush and Rove to do the same.