Eric Schmidt

Goole Chairman Eric Schmidt

Oh the hubris.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt boasts to Bloomberg about the rapid proliferation of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, comparing it to Microsoft’s domination of the desktop platform in the 90s:

“This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago — Microsoft versus Apple,” he said. “We’re winning that war pretty clearly now.”

Yes and if everyone remembers the 90s correctly, the Department of Justice stepped in and smacked Microsoft around for antitrust violation, without which they would have no doubt strangled Google in its infancy.

Ironic that he says it on the day the FTC is poised to let Google skate on its antitrust investigation if Google just promises to make its bed, put its clothes away and not engage in a few practices they don’t even much care about any more.

I guess those threats by Jared Polis and other members of Congress to cut the FTC’s funding if they were mean to Google sent a very clear message:  Google gets an HSBC-style “get out of jail free” card, or we shoot the agency.

Well, at least Eric Schmidt knows what the historic parallels of his sweet, sweet FTC deal are.