Even though Obama has not done such, Tancredo is evidently infuriated just by the possibility that Obama might try and steal their shtick, and has chosen to denounce the crime preemptively in a column titled "Mandela and Obama: Hero vs. Street Hustler."
"This week the world lost a rare, genuine hero of national reconciliation and racial progress, Nelson Mandela. A leader of Mandela's character, courage and nobility comes along maybe once in a century; the 21st century has yet to see one," Tancredo writes, no doubt to the chagrin of his employer.
"Comparisons of Mandela and Obama are probably inevitable, especially when promoted by our reigning narcissist, Obama himself.
"Yes, Barack Obama can be compared to Nelson Mandela – the same way a midget is compared to a giant, a zircon to a diamond, or a street-corner hustler to an astronaut. No matter how hard the mainstream media try to paint a different picture, Obama will forever remain a little speck lost in Mandela's long shadow."
Tancredo even worked in the obligatory WorldNetDaily Hitler comparison:
"Mandela was not corrupted by the trappings of power, by the love of popular adulation or the lure of riches. His nation needed a George Washington, not an Adolf Hitler, and he filled the role beautifully. Mandela served only one five-year term as president of South Africa before turning over leadership to a new generation."
Tancredo finishes by hoping South Africans "-look to America's past achievements for guidance and inspiration, and not our present condition as a nation spiraling downward into the despotism our ancestors fought so nobly to avoid."
A word of advice, not just to the people of South Africa, but to the entire world: To avoid the trappings of tyranny, start by disregarding the advice of anyone who never shuts up about it.