Things You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Running For Office

Number one: Don’t Dress Up Like a Nazi

FILED UNDER: 2010 Election, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. John Burgess says:

    I think that article from The Atlantic is one of the cheapest of the cheap shots. The guy was doing war re-enactments, for crying out loud. He’s played lots of roles. Is every actor who ever donned a Nazi or Communist or Confederate uniform now excluded from politics?

  2. People who run for office generally need to remember that they should be above reproach, otherwise stuff like this is going to turn around and bite them in the posterior

  3. DC Loser says:

    John – I think you’re better than that. You are making a moral equivalence between the Confederacy and Nazi Germany? What these guys in the Wiking re-enactment outfit were doing was more than play acting. They were acting out their nazi fetish wearing those cool uniforms and marching in the woods playing at being real stormtroopers. Their website language minimizing the regrettable actions of the Waffen SS is almost verbatim from the revisionist histories of the Waffen SS written by their former members and apologists. These are the guys who buy all that Nazi paraphernalia I see being sold at every gun show I’ve been to. I’ve always wondered who is sick enough to want to buy those things, and to even actually wear them in the open. What could this guy been thinking actually being photographed wearing that uniform? How many guys do you going around wearing Communist uniforms running for office? If a Dem had done that (or wearing an SS uniform), I’m sure you’d be indignant as hell.

  4. wr says:

    Yes, I agree with DC Loser. How could anyone compare the Nazis to the Confederates? After all, one waged to war impose on the world a regime in which one race was deemed inferior and thus could be enslaved or murdered at will. The other one actually ran that regime for a century. Clearly the Nazis were punks compared to the slavers. Ther nerve of anyone making the comparison!