June 24, 2005
Here's a story that anyone interested in politics should be following. Karl Rove spoke at a Conservative Party fundraiser in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday night. He had such respectful things to say about the response of liberals to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and 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 to our attackers."
Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer (both Democrats from New York) called on Rove to apologize or resign and demanded a condemnation from New York's Republican Governor George Pataki. Pataki did not (he called Senator Clinton a hypocrite), but Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg (keen, no doubt, on retaining his current lead in the polls) stated the following: "We owe it to those we lost to keep partisan politics out of the discussion and keep alive the united spirit that came out of 9/11."
New York's Democratic City Council Speaker Gifford Miller plans to introduce a resolution calling for Rove's resignation. Although I'm going to tentatively rate the chances that President George W. Bush responds favorably to said resolution fairly low, it's quite heartening to see Democrats playing hard ball. My only hope is that the cons continue to criticize us for being too passive, so that Dems finally realize that we cannot continue to respond to bile with respectful disagreement. We'll need to go further, but calling for Rove's head is a good start.
Image from bakedziti.
Posted by George Wukoson at 4:20 PM