It's hard to come up with anything more asinine than showing up at a rally and waving a sign depicting actual Holocaust victims, but that's precisely what some unidentified yokel did at last week's Tea Bagger rally at the Capitol Building. The placard read, "National Socialist Healthcare, Dachau, Germany, 1945."
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), in turn, pounced on the sign and turned it into a public controversy. (Note to aspiring politicians: before assuaging the offended, it's important to ensure that as many people as possible are offended by the words you intend to reprimand. This will make your assuaging all the more poignant).
"I can't believe that Congresswoman Bachmann would stand where she stood, and see those images, and not have the common decency to say, 'I disagree with the use of those images,'" he said in a YouTube vid last week. "I think that she owes the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust an apology. She owes us all an apology. And I'm waiting. We're all waiting."
Wait no more. Bachmann has apologized. Kind of. In a statement released today, she had this to say:
"Sadly, some individuals chose to marginalize tragic events in human history, such as the Holocaust, by invoking imagery and labels which have no purpose in a policy debate about health care. These regrettable actions negatively shift the focus of the current discussion on this issue. The American people deserve an open and honest debate to ensure the best possible solution to our health care problems, and I agree that these unfortunate instances are wholly inappropriate."