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Matthew Yglesias writes: "I'm increasingly inclined to adopt a 'no enemies on the left' mentality, but this from Harry Belafonte really is a bit much: 'Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich,' he reportedly said, by way of analogy with Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

"I'm not averse to a little Nazi analogy here and there, but I'll be damned if there were a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. It now seems that a surprisingly large number of assimilated Mischlinge (partial Jews) were in the German military for a while, but the Nazis tried pretty seriously to weed them out."

A "bit much?"

Belafonte has taken some courageous stances over the past few decades and spoken up without hesitation. That can't be underestimated so perhaps this crappy analogy will be forgotten quickly enough. But as for that "no enemies on the left" mentality, well, it depends on what you mean by "enemy" of course, but blind acceptance of anyone who professes to be on your half of the fictional political spectrum, that doesn't sound much like the obsessively well-thought-out Matthew Yglesias I've read... (TPM Cafe)

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