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Debating H.R. 2632, establishing the Sabinoso Wilderness Area in San Miguel County, NM, the Republicans actually manage to violate Godwin's law -- in reverse, no less! -- on a suspension bill.

The bill, itself a relatively non-controversial measure designating, as the name implies, a new federal wilderness area in New Mexico, is nominally opposed by Republicans looking to capitalize on the quiet period being spent on suspension bills today and tomorrow to harp on rising gas prices, something they do without any shame whatsoever, and as though they had no hand in it by voting to blow up the world's largest oil-producing region in the hopes that new consumer markets peace (or something) would spontaneously develop in its place.

Check out Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), pleading for what passes for sanity among Republicans:

I think the people that elect us deserve to know what our plan is. The Republican side has come out with a plan. They say, "Look, we're gonna take advantage of our natural resources. We're gonna take advantage of the things that we were God-given in this land. We're gonna take advantage of our oil reserves, of our natural gas, of our abundance of coal." We're gonna take advantage of those things, and we're gonna use the technology that we've been so good about coming up with. We're gonna take and convert this shale to oil, which Hitler did in the late '20s. In the late '20s. And we don't think that we can do that today?

Yes, that's a Republican Member of the United States Congress on the floor of the House of Representatives, speaking approvingly of Adolf Hitler and what may or may not have actually been his energy policy.

As though anybody gives a shit what Hitler's energy policy was.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 09, 2008 at 04:15 PM PDT.

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