The Darwin Award is the sort of thing no one wants to win. There’s no Darwin specifically for politicians, but if there were, there’s a congressional candidate in Indiana who locked it up this weekend, according to the Michigan City (IN) News-Dispatch:

If fans of Hitler held a party, and a candidate for federal office attended, would anybody notice?

Apparently, yes.

U.S. Congressional candidate Tony Zirkle is facing criticism from one of his primary opponents, and a host of people on the Internet, for speaking at an event over the weekend that celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

Zirkle confirmed to The News-Dispatch on Monday he spoke Sunday in Chicago at a meeting of the Nationalist Socialist Workers Party, whose symbol is a swastika.

When asked if he was a Nazi or sympathized with Nazis or white supremacists, Zirkle replied he didn’t know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it.

“This is just a great opportunity for me to witness,” he said, referring to his message and his Christian belief.

Somehow I knew that his being a Christian was going to come into this. Is it really necessary to say that there are a lot better ways to witness to Nazis than celebrating Adolf’s birthday with them?

He also told WIMS radio in Michigan City that he didn’t believe the event he attended included people necessarily of the Nazi mindset, pointing out the name isn’t Nazi, but Nationalist Socialist Workers Party.

At this point, I think of the old story about Dizzy Dean, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, who was taken to the hospital one day after getting beaned by a ball. The next day’s newspaper headline said, “X-rays of Dean’s head show nothing.” I don’t think Mr. Zirkle needs to bother with an x-ray for us to know what is inside his skull.

Zirkle is running against Republican Luke Puckett of Goshen and Joseph Roush of Plymouth in the May primary. He lost twice before in primaries to former U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola and has made doing away with pornography and prostitution his top campaign plank.

When asked if meeting with Nazis was a danger to his political career, Zirkle said he was willing to take the chance.

“That’s the risk you have to take to get your point across,” Zirkle said. “If the Black Panthers or the Jewish Zionists want me to speak about these issues, I’ll do it.”

Umm….what political career?

(Via Little Green Footballs.)