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Mike Pence and Thirteen Other Awful 9/11 Comparisons

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) answers reporters questions during a news conference at the U.S. Captiol December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Pence and U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans.
Soggy eggs made Pence’s breakfast today the 9/11-iest breakfast he’s had in some time. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Just as there are few people who actually deserve to be compared to Adolf Hilter, there are very few things that warrant comparison to 9/11. For example, there are literally zero parallels between a law providing health care to millions of people and the deadliest terrorist attack in world history. Nevertheless, Congressman Mike Pence, a Republican from Indiana, decided that 9/11 was an apt comparison to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare yesterday. While obviously moronic and outrageous, Pence’s 9/11 comparison is hardly the only over-the-top 9/11 comparison we’ve ever heard. Here are thirteen others.

  • Canadian TV hockey analyst Ron MacLean “opened his segment … by comparing hockey players from the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers to 9/11 first responders.”
  • Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong “said Tuesday’s pancake house rampage, which killed three National Guardsmen and an elderly woman was ‘not unlike 9/11.’”
  • Gary Bauer, president of the right-wing group American Values, “equated the importance of turning out in November to defeating the 9/11 hijackers.”
  • Conservative radio host Neal Boortz declared that “Barack Obama is a bigger disaster to this country than 9-11.”
  • Fat Joe suggested that the breakup of Mobb Deep was like a “9/11 in hip-hop.”
  • Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell tried to motivate the Philadelphia Eagles thusly: “Somebody’s got to make a big hit. And then turn to everybody else and say, ‘Come on!’ When you’re taking a hill, someone looks back and says, ‘Let’s go.’ On Flight93, that guy said — it will live in immortality — ‘Let’s roll.’ Somebody’s got to say that.”
  • CNBC analyst Rick Santelli “compared the budget crises affecting state and federal balance sheets to a Sept. 11-type attack on the nation.”
  • Alec Baldwin suggested that “what happened in 2000 did as much damage to the pillars of democracy as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City.”
  • Cincinnati Reds G.M. Jim Bowden said, “If players want to strike, they ought to just pick Sept. 11, because that’s what it’s going to do to the game.”
  • Rapper Lil’ Kim told jurors “that being in the middle of a wild shootout four years ago was as difficult for her as the Sept. 11 terror attack.
  • Rick Santorum claimed that the debate over gay marriage was “an issue just like 9-11.”
  • Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino claimed that the day Obamacare was passed “will be remembered just as 9-11 was remembered in history.”

Mike Pence and Thirteen Awful 9/11 Comparisons