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June 24, 2005

Karl Rove Round-Up


Thoughts around the web about our ole Uncle Karl:


  1. I think Kevin Drum is right about the important passage (though it is also important to point out that the “understanding and therapy” passage is a blatant lie). It’s one thing to call people wimps, but calling them traitors is qualitatively different. Traitors are normally hanged, or put in front of firing squads, and for someone in the White House to be saying that sort of thing is a big deal.

    Also, a lot of the media coverage (as usual, following the lead of the right wing) is trying to draw a parallel with remarks by Howard Dean. First, I have no idea what remarks they think Dean has made that are in any way comparable to Rove’s despicable slander. Second, Karl Rove is a White House official, and thus is supposed to at least pretend to represent the country as a whole. My tax money is paying him, and he’s calling me a traitor. Republicans aren’t being forced to pay for Dean to insult them. People like me are voluntarily paying Dean to insult Republicans for us.

    Keith3:15 pm

  2. “Karl Rove is a White House official, and thus is supposed to at least pretend to represent the country as a whole.”

    And to the extent that Bush refuses to even downplay Rove’s remarks, he ceases to represent the country. It’s more accurate to say that he’s the Commander-in-Chief of the Republican party.

    —AltHippo • 3:39 pm

  3. From Santorum’s communications director:

    Karl Rove speaks for himself. He doesn’t speak for the senator. On 9-11, there was no such thing as a Republican or a Democrat, and that’s what the senator believes.

    I certainly don’t believe that Santorum really objects to Rove’s statement, considering the many outrageous things he himself has said, so that’s an interesting indication of how precarious he feels his position is in Pennsylvania.

    Keith7:40 pm

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