This is the relevant clip so many have been e-mailing me about from yesterday’s Glenn Beck program on Fox News Channel. I think it speaks for itself, though Dunn’s response was reflected upon by the folks at Hot Air today:
Her response to the clip? She was joking, of course, playing off some old Lee Atwater bit. The audience laughs at the juxtaposition of Mao and Mother Teresa, but the point she draws from the chairman sure does seem serious. Anyone feeling like giving her the benefit of the doubt? Me neither.
At this point, I’m not certain that anybody affiliated with the White House should be given the benefit of the doubt on anything. The benefit of the doubt, you see, is something that is earned. Of course, given the president’s recent acceptance of an unearned, formerly prestigious peace prize, we all know how much this White House values the idea of earning anything.
I also like Erick Erickson’s take on the Dunn tape and its contents over at Redstate:
Hitler sought to exterminate a whole race of citizen. Mao decided to exterminate all of his citizens, or at least significant classes of citizenry, driving many to suicide to avoid ritualistic violence at the hands of Mao’s red brigade. Mao’s response? “China is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people.”
Mao’s political and philosophical writings read like Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He drove the educated classes to starvation. Kids were put in charge of adults. Educated workers were forced to work in fields. He fostered a cult of personality that affects China even today.
She describes Mao as not just her favorite political philosopher, but one of the “two people I turn to most.” The other, tragically or humorously depending on your frame of mind, being Mother Teresa. I can bet you that between the two it is not Mother Teresa who Anita Dunn looks to for guidance on abortion policy.
How in God’s name is it acceptable for the woman in charge of the White House’s communications shop to declare Hitler her favorite philosopher? The answer is that it is not. Why then is Mao acceptable?