I learned, close to 6 on Wednesday, too late to rewrite my editorial, that in the House debate over repealing the health-care legislation, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) compared Republican claims about health care to Nazi lies, referred to Hitler’s “big lie,” and even talked about blood libel.

He could simply have said, “They told you there would be death panels, and it was a lie. They told you illegal immigrants would get coverage under this bill, and it was a lie.

Don’t believe a word they say, it’s all lies.”

But he went full-out using Holocaust comparisons, which does nothing to soothe our fractious political climate.

This kind of rhetoric is unacceptable and even dangerous, whether it comes from a Republican, Democrat, Tea Partier – or a member of the long-gone Know Nothing Party. In fact, it takes a “Know Nothing” to use it.

RKB