When in Rome, er, Berlin

Patrick Ruffini is some kind of pissed that Barack Obama would print a flyer advertising an event held in Germany…in German. Who woulda thunk it?

Seriously though, this is sort of dangerous. Not the flyers, but the right’s reaction to them. Simply put, the idea that American politicians shouldn’t print these things in native languages in a really absurd, extremely fringe form of xenophobia and jingoism. But it’s not all that fringe on the right, it’s pretty mainstream. And this sort of crazed nationalist outrage has been plastered all over the right wing blogosphere today.