So now Oklahoma Congressman

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So now Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole is telling constituents that voting against President Bush this November is like supporting Hitler during World War II.

He also apparently told a Republican audience recently that “If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election.”

Presumably, we need to vote for President Bush because otherwise we’d be saddled with those hateful, hating, hating, hating Democrats who have no understanding of what civility in politics is all about.

The report about these statements comes from the website of news radio station in Oklahoma City (Newsradio 1000 KTOK). And they appear to be going from an article in a local newspaper, The Yukon Review.

This morning I called Congressman Cole’s office in Washington to get some confirmation on these quotes and see if Cole stood by them.

The press aide I spoke to in Cole’s office noted that KTOK’s reference to Cole’s Hitler comparison was in fact a “paraphrase” rather than a direct quote, and that the office was trying to find out more about precisely what the congressman had said.

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