Two weeks ago billionaire financier philanthropist George Soros spoke at the Campaign for America's Future "Take Back America" conference. The right-wing media machine sprang into action smearing Soros. Most called him crazy (the Right’s favorite epithet that week); some, with no intended irony, called the holocaust survivor and escapee from Soviet Hungary a Nazi and a Communist; and few degenerated into the usual anti-Semitic slurs that they assure us are the property of the Left (again, with no intended irony). Predictably some of the worse slurs came from “the most hateful man in show business” Michael Savage.
Throughout his three hour show, Savage repeatedly called Soros “George Gobels.”
I couldn't believe what I heard when I turned on C-SPAN today, and heard Billionaire George Gobels Soros attacking Bush… Billionaire George Gobels Soros, if you tell a big lie often enough it will become the truth -- how dare you come to my fair country, and infect it with these foreign, sick ideas George? You're not fooling anybody. You know you're part of a left-wing fringe that will destroy the Democrat party even further than it's been destroyed. Keep on talking George, because it doesn't play outside MoveOn.org, an organization of rat-bastard Communists. How's that George?
It’s clear in context that Savage had pornographic novelist, diarist, and Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, in mind during his spittle-flecked rant and not beloved early television comedian and Hollywood Squares regular George Gobel. You’d have to be a complete idiot to think comparing someone to “Lonesome” George was an insult, yet “George Gobels” is what he said. Now I’m going to have this image stuck in my mind of gentle and slightly bewildered Midwesterners as a threat to democracy.