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June 23, 2005

Where Is Bush On This?

-- by Dave Johnson

The President's Senior Advisor, Carl Rove said that "liberals" responded weakly to 9/11 and are placing American troops in danger.

Karl Rove came to the heart of Manhattan last night to rhapsodize about the decline of liberalism in politics, saying Democrats responded weakly to Sept. 11 and had placed American troops in greater danger by criticizing their actions.

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State.

Citing calls by progressive groups to respond carefully to the attacks, Mr. Rove said to the applause of several hundred audience members, "I don't know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground, a side of the Pentagon destroyed, and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble."

[. . .] Mr. Rove also said American armed forces overseas were in more jeopardy as a result of remarks last week by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who compared American mistreatment of detainees to the acts of "Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others."

"Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?" Mr. Rove asked. "Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."

There is no person who more speaks for the President than Karl Rove. These remarks advance the Right's narrative about Liberals and Democrats as weak and treasonous. Compare the reaction to these remarks with the reaction to remarks by Howard Dean, advancing a narrative that Republicans are a white, Christian party that only helps the rich. Democrats attacked Dean for his remarks. You already know that Republicans will praise Rove for his.

This insults half of Americans, calling them treasonous, saying they don't have the interests of the country at heart. It is time to ask Bush the question, "Are you capable of being more than President of the Republican Party?"

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 23, 2005 9:46 AM

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Comments

Rove should apologize or resign.

What Josh says fits like a fresh coat of paint.

Posted by: grannyinsanity at June 23, 2005 12:04 PM

It is time to ask Bush the question, "Are you capable of being more than President of the Republican Party?"

While I agree with the sentiment, I disagree with the tactic. I am tired of Democrats asking questions. It is time to start providing answers. In this case the answer is "Bush is not capable of being more than President of the Republican Party." Let Bush prove otherwise.

Ironically, Rove's comments, though odious, illustrate this point. He didn't "ask" whether liberals wanted to provide therapy to terrorists. He didn't "call on" Democrats to support the troops.

No, he told people what he wanted them to believe; that liberals are soft and Democrats disloyal. Why? Because you don't ask questions if you want people to believe that you are certain of the answer. It makes you look foolish.

So, Democrats, stop asking whether the GOP is capable of behaving. And stop calling on them to do so. You know they can't behave themselves. Have the courage to say so.

Posted by: space at June 23, 2005 1:25 PM

It is time to ask Bush the question, "Are you capable of being more than a Proxy President of the Republican Party?"

Posted by: lukery at June 24, 2005 1:02 AM

Carl Rove will not be stopped by Bush because this is the type of behavior that Bush wants. Look at the people he has placed in power such as Connie Rice and his unwavering support of Bolton even though he is so obviously the wrong person for the job.....but he is just the type that Bush supports. If our country survives this administration we will have years ahead of digging ourselves out of the financial pit as well as years of turning world opinion toward a more positive light. That is.........if we can survive without:
1. The rest of the world turning joining together out of fear and declaring war on us.
2. This country having a civil war.
or
3. This country going bankrupt.

I have tried but I cannot see a bright future for many years to come. Hopefully I am wrong. Hopefully this is not the end of the "great experiment".

Posted by: Jane Algozzini at June 24, 2005 12:08 PM

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