The hypocrisy of Chris Redfern, edition 186.

OK, in truth, it may not be number 186. I’ve lost count.

Debe Terhar, who is president of the State Board of Education, recently reposted a picture on her Facebook account. It showed a picture of Adolf Hitler, and contained the commentary “Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ — Adolf Hitler.”

I’m not going to defend what she did. It was a boneheaded thing for a state official to do. People in such positions should know better than to compare their political adversaries to the world’s worst murdering despots.

Naturally, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern, jumped at the opportunity to attack Governor Kasich for Terhar’s ill-advised post. He issued this statement:


“While there is always room for respectful differences in opinions, State School Board President Terhar’s facebook posting crossed a clear line by connecting the President’s national discussion on guns to Adolf Hitler,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern. “President Terhar’s invocation of Hitler is dangerousand should not be tolerated by Governor Kasich and the rest of the State School Board.

“In the past, Governor Kasich has called for more civility in the political debate, and now he has a prime opportunity to backup his words with action. In the absence of a full, formal apology from Terhar, Kasich has a duty to remove his hand-picked State School Board President from office. Under no circumstances is it permissible for Governor Kasich to look the other way while members of his Administration use dangerous, inflammatory rhetoric and images to further their political ideology.

This isn’t the first time an Ohio elected official has invoked Hitler to criticize someone from the opposite party. Two years ago, Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, compared Governors Kasich and Walker to Hitler on the floor of the U.S. Senate (then later tried to deny it on MSNBC.)

Let’s recall the harsh words that Captain Redfern had for Sherrod Brown regarding his “dangerous, inflammatory rhetoric.”

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That’s right. Redfern didn’t see a problem at all with Sherrod Brown comparing Kasich to Hitler on C-SPAN, but when Deb Terhar simply shares someone else’s photo in a much less public forum than the floor of the U.S. Senate, he’s fit to be tied and calling for heads to roll.

Of course, what should we expect from a clown who doesn’t live in the district he is supposed to represent after criticizing a Republican for doing the exact same thing?

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

12 thoughts on “The hypocrisy of Chris Redfern, edition 186.”

  1. It is correct to see that Redfern is hypocritical, but Tehrar should apologize.

    Further, how can Kasich remove her from office, Tehrar was elected to the Board, I would think this would require legislative impeachment, which is surely overkill.

    Once again, the low information voter has more reason to think the GOP is a bunch of fringe nuts, because not only does one of its elected officials make a casual disregard of the victims of Nazism, she had the gall to defend it.

    When you are in a hole, quit digging.

  2. Funny how every time a republican speaks the truth, we do not stand behind them but lament that we are giving ourselves a “blackeye”.
    I stand in agreement with Ms. Terhar’s action.
    Why is it that we do not get as vocal with the left and their outrageous lies that occur nearly on a daily basis?
    Fight fire with fire! The “livs” can be dealt with in no other way.

    1. Ted,

      If you want to make an argument about the links of gun control and genocide, use the Armenian example. The Ottomans did confiscate guns and then commit genocide, the argument that the German Weapons Law of 1938 was a gun confiscation order, is spurious, it mainly disarmed Jews, the 1928 Law under the Weimar Government already had a strict gun control regime, and most of Germany was disarmed under that law, before the Nazis.

      The left must be argued with facts, not blind assertions. They have many more media outlets than we do, and we can’t afford to screw up at a time like this. Once again we are being presented as the lunatic fringe, and the low information voter that barks when Jon Stewart tells them to, is seeing it.

      1. Did you really just cite Jon Stewart as the servant of the low information voter? Hey next do you want to make a presumption about black people and watermelon?

        Maybe next you should note how chinese make funny ching-chong-ling-long sounds when they speak. I mean, that’s about as assumptive.

        The reasons conservatives are being presented as fringe is because they don’t want to work with the president. Obama is the best republican to ever come out of the democratic party and conservatives wasted their best years of opportunity to work with him. That’s the reason y’all look like you’re way the heck out there. He loves drone strikes, the patriot act and trying to work with Republicans. How could y’all have wasted that.

        1. When in doubt, imply that I’m a racist

          Being that I read the WSJ, Stewart is lower information than me.

          You seem not to have read the transcript of the Tuesday address.

          Clinton had a better working relationship with Congress.

          1. Lower? You’re being pedantic and generalizing rudeness towards wide swaths of people. You can’t really be conservative and throw stones at the information level of Daily Show viewers, because then you have the Fox News problem. I mean I guess you can, but then you’re a person who lives in a glass house and throws stones.

            You didn’t say the low information voter, or the low information such as Fox News, National News or Daily Show. Because overall, The Daily Show is at the upper end of things. So your generalization about Daily Show is kind of like saying a stock Corvette is slow, you know, because there are ZR-1s. Yeah, I guess so, but a Corvette is still faster than almost everything else.

            So maybe if you want to make an argument about voter knowledge, you should start with some facts. Then again, as a Rachel Maddow viewer, I’m better equipped for that than anyone, at least according to those studies. So I guess you are right, the low*er* information voter is kind of a problem. ;p

            I just said this below. Conservatives want some equivalency of “Oh we’re bad? Well they are worse, who can I tattle to?”. They just want to cherry pick Something Bad so they can justify the their actions. Conversatives know they’re having The Last Great White Tantrum. These aren’t the actions of a real government. I like how you quantify the same Congress that impeached him as having a better relationship. Think of how great the US would be if we hadn’t wasted some of our best years on that trite witch hunt. And again, that was a tantrum that wasted all our time. These are tantrums.

            We needs arms control. The 2nd Amendment calls for a *well-regulated* militia. You are pulling my balls if you think what we have with 300 million firearms in this country is well regulated. On the recent day of conservative firearm celebration, 5 people were wounded in accidents. That would be like if we sent Massachusettes back to England on July 4th. Those were some damn fool people and our system clearly does not work.

            Y’all conservatives can either come up with a real, working solution, but if the “WHAT IS AN ASSAULT RIFLE” game gets played (and you know what game I mean), progressives are just going to agitate for a semi-auto sales ban. Conservatives can either meet Obama mid-way, or suffer backlash at not being a partner to our safety.

  3. It’s a stupid red herring because Hitler never disarmed anyone. He didn’t. This is a dumb argument because the underlying factual notions in it are wholly false.

    Sherrod’s rhetoric had relevance because it was about organizational rights, which Hitler did take away since other folks being able to organize actually would be relevant to having an alternative to the Nazi party. Hitler did not take away guns from Germans, thus why some would consider what Terhar, out of line. It would be looking at a cat and saying “I bet that is a fantastic sheep herder”.

    Cats are irrelevant to sheep herding. Just like Hitler is to gun ownership.

    So what I think is weird, about the entire conservative movement, is how they search for parity in what some progressive said 2 years ago. They can’t just go “yeah we compared dude to hitler. So did you. How about them apples?” Or even “Yeah we compared him to hitler, here’s X, Y and Z why.” Or even “Yeah we compared him to hitler. Do you think there’s a difference? If so, why?”. Just a kid with a scraped knee on a dusty road, bike laying on the ground and sobbing.

    also, the living in district thing? Stop. Just stop. That’s something that’s been disregarded by both sides for so long, it’s foolish to treat it as sacrosanct. I mean, I’m a fan yes. It makes sense. But who was that presidential candidate with fishy living credentials…. OH RIGHT MITT FREAKING ROMNEY. Mitt Romney pulled that horseshit when winning a gov run in MA. So like, if you can get behind that dude for prez, then don’t pull penny ante stuff in state politics.

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