Is this thing on?

Have you guys already heard this? Apparently Rachel Maddow proposed a corollary to Godwin’s law:

On the Internet machine, there‘s something called “Godwin‘s Law.” Godwin‘s Law holds that roughly speaking, the longer an online discussion goes on, the more likely that it is that someone is going to compare something to Nazis. The principle is that when you run out of substantive things to say, but you still feel very strongly about something, you embarrass yourself and spoil your own credibility by making a totally over the top, predictable, inappropriate accusation. It‘s like Hitler.

I hereby propose a similar adage, not for online discussions but for American politics. I hereby submit, that the longer it‘s clear that liberals or Democrats are going to win an election, the longer it‘s clear that liberals and Democrats are winning an argument, the more likely it becomes that someone is going to get called a “commie,” “socialist,” “Bolshevik,” “commie,” “pinko,” “comrade.

I can say, from the bowels of sports message boards where I spend entirely too much time, that this corollary is as true as the original law.

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~ by realsupergirl on April 22, 2009.

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