Karl Rove's recent comments:
"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." Conservatives, he said, "saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."
Then, the predictable Democrat call for apology.
Then, Dan Bartlett being wheeled out on the morning shows:
"I think Karl was very specific, very accurate, in who he was pointing out," communications director Dan Bartlett said. "It's touched a chord with these Democrats. I'm not sure why."
Best summed up here:
colinjnagy: the democrats are like a stupid tiger
colinjnagy: that finds a tempting piece of meat
colinjnagy: in the jungle
colinjnagy: it senses a trap, it knows its a trap
colinjnagy: but it still goes after it
[name redacted]: and then apologizes for going after it
Let's compare this to the Democratic response, which was far from unified, regarding Howard Dean's comments that the Republicans are "pretty much a white, Christian party" while also noting that he, too, is a white christian. The point being conveyed was that the Democratic party is certainly more diverse. Now, this statement probably contains more truth than Rove's comments, but Dean was rebutted on both sides of the aisle-- by Ken Mehlman on one, and by Joe Biden and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on the other, who said that "Dean is doing a good job, but is not the party's spokesman."
We all know that the Republican party is excellent at message control, and presenting a unified front in most cases. This is yet another example of why we are losing.
In addition, I'm also quite sick of the every single email I get from 527's, the DNC, DNC chair Howard Dean, John Edwards, John Kerry, etc. They all share a similar tone of what they intend to be outrage, but it comes off as childish whining. I'm not sure when they're going to realize that the electorate has demonstrated it doesn't like such bellyaching, but rather the alpha male mentality, akin to a stubborn father who refuses to ever apologize, or like the arrogrant high school quarterback who goes home and does the prom queen. Flight suit anyone?
Sure enough, I just received this mass email from none other than Sen. Kerry. An excerpt:
This isn't the first time that Karl Rove and other White House officials have sought to divide America in ways that make it harder to keep our country safe and our democracy strong. But, it should be the last. That's why I ended my speech with a call on President Bush to fire Karl Rove. It is the only way the President can make it clear that he rejects Rove's effort to distort one of the most unified and patriotic moments in American history into a cheap, divisive, political applause line.
That, of course, is what is most outrageous about Karl Rove's claim that President Bush's political opponents offered "therapy and understanding for our attackers." It isn't true. In the days after 9/11, there were no Democrats, no Republicans. We were all Americans, standing together. President Bush acknowledged that unity in a clear and compelling way at the time.
Now, Karl Rove is purposely twisting those days of unity in order to divide us for political gain. I hope you will act right now to join a growing chorus of Americans calling on the President to fire Karl Rove.
Yes, that's right. Senator Kerry is calling on the President to fire his leading political adviser and trusted confidant. What are the chances of this happening? Absolutely Outrageous! Karl Rove could be caught redhanded fingering a Girl Scout in a west wing broom closet by the entire White House press corps and he still wouldn't be pushed to resign.