Sunday, August 19, 2007

Spin Watch: Divisive Democrats

From an article in this morning's NYT:

… in an interview at an IHOP restaurant here, days after he announced his resignation as Mr. Bush's top political adviser, Mr. Rove defiantly dismissed the rash of fresh critiques that have come his way in the last several days, blaming the Democrats for the divisive tone that has dominated Mr. Bush’s tenure …

On this past Friday's podcast of Left, Right & Center, I heard almost exactly the same thing from Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley. Blankley is a consistent parrot of rightwingnuttery (example howler: in the same podcast, he calls Newt Gingrich "brilliant, articulate, and well-read"). Among other things, Blankley claimed:

…after September 11th, within about a month and a half or two months, all of the instincts of Washington on both sides of the aisle was 'back to partisanship' … I think both parties played back to their worst partisan instincts … so I don't blame him [Rove] any more than I blame the Democrats …

It takes a truly amoral nature, or a point of view completely disconnected from reality, to be able to say things like this with a straight face. As an easy refutation, you might start by Googling Bush: Democrats traitors and Democrats terrorists win.

The truth is, the Bush Administration blew the biggest opportunity to unite the country given to a President in at least the last half-century, and instead tried to seize the moment to make the country a one-party state. Think midterm elections, 2002, and Max Cleland. And who could forget, from the horse's, um, mouth:

Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.

'Nuff said.

So, it looks like the real reason Rove quit is to get a head start on rewriting history. We'll have to watch out for this.

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