Open Thread: The Anita Dunn Monster-Saint Free Association Game

One of these things is not like the other....

One of these things is not like the other….

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has famously named her two favorite political philosophers Mao tse-Tung and Mother Teresa. One of them was history’s greatest monster, the other its most recent living saint. The pair has nothing in common except that they both helped people meet God.

So, in the spirit of Anita Dunn, what associations can we make of totalitarian monsters and inspirational heroines?

How about “Adolf Hitler and Hildegard Von Bingen”?


“Leon Trotsky and Maria Von Trapp,” perhaps?


Have at it.

This article originally appeared on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, on NewsRealblog. (And the reader responses were pretty funny.)