A Republican state Senate candidate in Wisconsin called Adolf Hitler a "strong leader" in a tweet, and the action is garnering criticism from Democrats. Reports AP:

Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake posted a message on his campaign Twitter account in March that read, "Hitler and Lincoln were both strong leaders. Lincoln's character made him the greater leader whose legacy and leadership still lives on!"

Deutsch says he meant that while both men influenced many people, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had a "righteous character" while Hitler did not.

The State Senate Democratic Committee put out a statement Monday questioning whether Deutsch understood the devastation Hitler and thinks voters really need to discuss it in the election.

Remarked the Minneapolis City Pages:

All this sounds eerily similar to that teabaggin' crazy running for Congress in Ohio, Rich Iott, who copped to playing dress-up as a Nazi SS officer because he was so impressed with the notorious military division.

In a classic moment of tone-deafness, Iott's tried to dig himself out of that hole by claiming he's just looking for a little father-son bonding time. He might dress like an SS officer, but that doesn't mean he admires what they did.

Deutsch, too, says he's just misunderstood. But his gaffe, made in March but recently uncovered, has produced some heavy duty damage control in his effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Bob Jauch.

Deutsch is one of those people who really ought to think twice before he clicks "Tweet."