"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."
"Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday authorizing President Bush to use force against those responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the same day it unanimously approved a $40 billion emergency spending package.
The House overwhelmingly passed the use-of-force resolution late Friday night by a 420-1 margin. (...)
The Senate approved the measure by a 98-0 margin earlier in the day.
In a statement, Bush praised the passage of the measures.
"I am gratified that the Congress has united so powerfully by taking this action. It sends a clear message -- our people are together, and we will prevail," he said."
Atrios, 6/23/2005: "We're all Dixie Chicks now."
*** Update: Washington Post:
"The White House defended Rove's remarks and accused Democrats of engaging in partisan attacks. Rove, said spokesman Scott McClellan, "was talking about the different philosophies and our different approaches when it comes to winning the war on terrorism." "
Had I been at that press briefing, my follow-up question would have been: can you or Karl Rove provide any evidence whatsoever that the liberal approach following 9/11 was to provide therapy to our attackers? If not, doesn't what you've just said amount to "defending" Karl Rove's comments by saying that he told a despicable lie?
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