Skip to comments.White House Stands Behind Rove Over Comments on Liberals and Terrorism
Posted on 06/24/2005 3:46:22 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
A White House official said Friday the administration finds it "somewhat puzzling" that Democrats are demanding presidential adviser Karl Rove's apology or resignation for implying that liberals are soft on terrorism.
"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."
Congressional Republicans earlier joined the White House in standing solidly behind Rove, saying he shouldn't apologize and that he was outlining a philosophical divide between a president who sought to win the war on terrorism by taking the fight to the enemy and Democrats who questioned that approach.
Bartlett, appearing on morning news shows Friday, said that Rove was referring in his talk to Moveon.org, a liberal group that has been identified with movie producer Michael Moore.
"It's somewhat puzzling why all these Democrats ... who responded forcefully after 9-11, who voted to support President Bush's pursuit of the war on terror, are now rallying to the defense of Moveon.org, this liberal organization who put out a petition in the days after 9/11 and said that we ought not use military force in responding to 9/11," Bartlett said on NBC's "Today" show. "That is who Karl Rove cited in that speech ... There is no need to apologize."
Appearing on CBS's "The Early Show," Bartlett said that Rove was "just pointing out that MoveOn.org is a liberal organization that didn't defend or accept the way that we prosecuted the war in the days after" the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington.
Bartlett told interviewers that he didn't understand why Democrats "are throwing up such a huff."
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I think that when asked if the White House supports Rove's statement, McClellan's only comment should be: "Well du-uh." Followed by a roll of the eyes.
Acknowledged: One small glimmer of spine-ness.
Why shouldn't they? THEY ARE ALL TRUE!!! That is what the filthy libs are struggling with ---
I think they should take a week and have Rove do the daily briefings. Maybe tag-team with Rummy. I'd pay to see it.
Agreed! Rove Rules!
I find it amusing that liberals consider Rove's statement offensive, but defend Senator Dustbin's smears.
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
Also something missing from liberal rants.
Well that's OK, we can comment here too. I can just picture Rove going in to see GWB before that speech, saying "Hey Boss, wait'll you hear this: I'm going to slam 'liberals' for wanting to give terrorists therapy, try to understand them, all that noise, and I am not going to speak ANYBODY's specific name, or even mention a specific group - and I guarantee you as sure as night follows day, every Democrat will be shrieking murder most foul, even though I'm not going to even mention them! If you like, you can snicker and say "well, I guess their conscience must be bothering them", or you can just sit back and enjoy the laugh".
And the President says "Rove, you da man!"
Once again, Karl pulls the old Rove-a-dope, and the Democrats rush right in. Man, they're predictable.
These poor old blubbering whinning, belly-aching Dumbo Dems, nobody loves them!
AP helped by putting "Democrats" in its headline....falsely.
It's time for the Republicans to counter the Dems whines with the old "We don't want what Rove said to take us away from the issues that the American public is concerned about like healthcare and education for the children" like I heard several times when Durbin was under fire last week.
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