Alex Massie

Republicans and Churchill

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As if determined to prove my point about the absurd excesses of the GOP's love for Winston Churchill, consider this entertaining snippet culled from the pages of the Washington Post:

But  Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), the House minority whip who led the fight to deny Obama every GOP vote for the plan, is studying Winston Churchill's role leading the Tories in the late 1930s, a principled minority that was eventually catapulted into power over the Labor Party. He calls the stimulus bill "a stinker."

Well! It's a shame the Post doesn't seem to know any more British history than does Mr Cantor; then again it's a shame Mr Cantor should want to make such an ass of himself. Presumably he hasn't actually spent very much time studying 1930s British politics. Spectator readers won't need a catalogue of the mistakes and brazenly incorrect asumptions made here, but Josh Marshall lists some of them for his own followers.

Equally, whatever the faults of the stimulus package passed by Congress, it's not quite clear what connection it has with Neville Chamberlain or indeed anything. Then again, as David Frum says this is a party that has "lost its mind".

UPDATE: Dave Weigel is prepared to give Cantor the benefit of the doubt. Whatever, the infatuation with Churchill is still absurd.


Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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