Now I don’t mean to continue harping on RNC chair Michael Steele, but the problem seems to be getting worse. First in a GQ profile (where he infamously spoke out in favor of tolerance and said that abortion should be a woman’s decision although he did think Roe v Wade was bad law), he called the 1950s and 60s crooners “the Rat Pack” the “Pack Rats”. Now in a statement where he both tries to highlight the importance of education and allude to the whole America is in danger of lapsing into socialism, an argument that the conservative base wants to hear, he ends up making a fool of himself. The error may be small but in the context it is in, it is nonetheless laughable.
“Education is key,” said the RNC Chair. “It is where it begins, for all of us… If we understand the difference between Marxism, socialism and capitalism; if we understand the difference between a Roberto Mussolini, an Adolf Hitler, and a Franklin Roosevelt, and his honor the honorable Winston Churchill, if we know those differences than we can appreciate what these times mean. And how history is a precursor of things to come.”
Roberto Mussolini? Just for the record Mr Steele, if it is the former Fascist leader of Italy and Hitler its not Roberto, but Benito. Benito Mussolini. This will really piss off Mussolini’s granddaughter no doubt. Now maybe Steele was referring to the film actor Roberto Benigni, Oscar winning Italian actor and director, who if he was comparing to Hitler, Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt certainly is very different. But there is no Roberto Mussolini.