From 2007 - Mitt Romney Praised Hitler Policy on Liquified Coal.

"I'm afraid building a nuclear power plant in our country today would require us first to hire the French to show us how to do it because they've been building 'em and we haven't," Mr. Romney said in response to a question about energy policy during his talk, as captured on video by the Washington Post's politics Web log.

So far, so good. But he kept going. "Liquefied coal, gosh. Hitler during the Second World War — I guess because he was concerned about losing his oil — liquefied coal. That technology is still there."

There was nothing exactly wrong with what the governor said. He was mostly correct historically; German scientists developed the technology to liquefy coal, and Adolf Hitler used it during the war. And of course Mr. Romney wasn't endorsing any of Hitler's less popular policies; but if Hitler was a pioneer in alternative fuels, then bully for him.

Still, there was an element of common sense missing from Mr. Romney's remarks. You know, that little voice that pipes up in a presidential candidate's head to gently remind him or her: "DON'T MENTION HITLER IN A POSITIVE LIGHT!"...


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