And then in 2004, the Republicans threatened to override Senate rules and abolish the filibuster in order to thwart the Democrats' stand against Bush's most extremist nominees for federal judgeships. This "nuclear option" (so named by Trent Lott in acknowledgment of his party's willingness to destroy the Congress in order to save the country) struck me as a functional analog of the Enabling Act of 1933, which consolidated the German government under Chancellor Hitler and effectively dissolved the Reichstag as a parliamentary body.
Maybe it's because I don't like the filibuster, but this is way too much of a stretch. The so-called "nuclear option" would have prevented a minority of Senators from filibustering judicial nominations to prevent them from coming up for a vote by the whole Senate. That's a far cry from the Enabling Act that, as McWhorter points out, "effectively dissolved the Reichstag as a parliamentary body." In fact, the Enabling Act authorized the German Chancellor (Hitler) to enact laws without the necessity of parliamentary approval.
Just because some Nazi comparisons might be valid, not all of them are.