'This is how Democracy ends'
Responding to Santorum's Hitler/Democrats comparison, Dem Max Baucus upped the ante nearly two thousand years in a stirring rebuttal referencing Rome and the castration of its senate: "In ancient Rome, when the Senate lost its power, the Roman Senate was complicit in the transfer. The emperor did not have to seize all the honors and powers. The Roman Senate, one after another, conferred greater powers on Caesar...Mr. President: This is the way democracy ends; This is the way democracy ends; This is the way democracy ends; Not with a bomb, but a gavel." (ThinkProgress)