Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is comparing President Barack Obama with the Italian cruise ship captain who allegedly abandoned his sinking ship.
Priebus said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Obama was “our own little Captain Schettino,” accusing Obama of abandoning ship in the U.S. and spending more time on his re-election campaign.
The comparison/analogy between Obama and Schettino is, of course, patently unfair and just silly.
Even Priebus’s predecessor, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, told msnbc the analogy was “unfortunate.”
“I mean, people died in that situation,” Steele said on “Morning Joe.”
Steele hit it precisely on the nose, although he should’ve taken it a step further. Steele should have said outright that the reason Priebus’ comparison is so potentially offensive and hurtful is that it trivializes, and therefore, further victimizes the victims of a real tragedy.
The Costa Concordia ran aground Jan. 13, 2012, off the shore of Isola del Giglio, near the western coast of Italy, when the captain deviated from his planned route and struck a reef, creating a huge gash that capsized the ship. More than 4,200 terrorized passengers and crew were on board. Seventeen bodies have been recovered, while 16 people are listed as missing, including two Americans, with one body not yet identified. Schettino is facing charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship.