Tom Maguire, in a defense of Rove, writes:
OK. First, let me say that they don’t pay me quite enough to wade into this – even though Karl was speaking to a partisan audience, he had to know this would make news, and he might have opted for a more temperate tone.
Second, let me say that they don’t need to pay me – I live for this nonsense, so let’s bring it on!
Let’s start with John Cole, the Contrary Conservative, who is outraged. Mr. Cole reminds us that on Sept. 14, 2001, Congress passed the Use of Force resolution by votes of 420-1 and 98-0, with no mention of the word “therapy”.
Good point. Let me remind Mr. Cole that last Palm Sunday, Congress passed the Terry Schivao Relief Act with the unanimous consent of the Senate. Does he consider the two parties to have been equally enthusiastic in her defense, and equally responsible for the subsequent turns of event? Or, is it possible that one of the parties went along for the ride, since they had not had time to do any polling or focus-grouping?
So much to respond to in so little time, so I will just use bullets.
– I don’t know how ‘conservative’ I am anymore, at least not by the current definition of ‘conservative.’ If ‘conservative’ means what I have seen over the past few years, then I never really was a ‘conservative’ and was laboring under a false label.
– I am not outraged, I am disgusted. There is a difference, and I do understand why liberals are outraged.
– I need no reminder of the Palm Sunday farce. It is the one event that has led to this several month breaking of the camel’s back.
– Is Tom suggesting that the Republicans only passed the Schiavo legislation because they had done the polling and thought it would help them politically? And that maybe the Democrats didn’t oppose because they knew the Rove led GOP would then spend the next three months calling those who felt it was inappropriate for Congress to insert itself in this matter as adherents to the “Culture of Death.” In other words, Republican support was because of a craven political calculation, and the Democratic support was out of cowardice?
– Is Tom suggesting that the September 14th Joint Resolution of force was just a political gesture by Republicans?
And just for the record- Republicans have spent years painting liberal as a dirty word and all Democrats as liberal. Tom’s later attempts to claim Rove was only talking about liberals and not, necessarily, Democrats, is absurd. I would also submit that it is quite possible to hate MoveOn, George Soros, and Michael Moore, and still think that Rove’s remarks were inappropriate. I have managed to do so…