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Democrats Take Heat For Rove's Rotten Comment

Reported by Deborah - June 24, 2005

Defending Karl Rove and shifting the attention and blame to Ted Kennedy and other Democrats was the theme this AM on Fox&Friends. Rove's comments at a Republican fundraiser have outraged Democrats who are asking for an apology but the parade of guests and callers on F&F shifted the heat to Kennedy, Durbin, Moveon, Michael Moore and even George Soros. Below is Karl Rove's comment.

"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 for our attackers."
"Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said, 'We will defeat our enemies.' Liberals saw what happened to us and said, 'We must understand our enemies.' "

Dan Bartlett couldn't understand why Senators Clinton and Schumer were upset since Rove said "liberals" not Democrats and was actually talking about Moveon.org and Michael Moore types not them.

Three callers supporting Rove brought up Howard Dean and Dick Durbin who was called a traitor. The caller thought the Democrats needed to follow Zell Miller.

The clip of Ted Kennedy asking Rumsfeld if it was time for him to resign was shown several times throughout the show and was emphasized over the Rove comment.The Friends had these comments about the hearings with Rumsfeld yesterday.
"How many strikes does Ted Kennedy get?"
"Why does Byrd get 2O minutes just to say hello?"
Then mentioning that Lindsay Ghraham was also critical of Iraq, Juliet Huddy commented that his attitude and tone was respectful compared to Kennedy's.

Around 8:30 Senator Imhofe arrived and Doocy asked with a smirk.
"Will Rove apologize at noon or 3PM?"
Imhofe said it was hard for him to keep a straight face claiming that there are dangerous terrorists down in Guantanamo and "they're (democrats) concerned about what they're served for dessert."

Some other excuses for Rove were offered like it was okay because he was at a private dinner, unlike Durbin in the Senate. The distinction between Democrats and "liberals" was offered several times as if since liberals are such scum they deserve Rove's criticism. The fact that Democrats were angry was treated like a situation too strange to understand and the concept of Rove apologizing was absolutely out of the question.

comment: If Howard Dean made a comment on his cell phone in the bathroom, it would be fair game for the Republicans to attack."Go F... Yourself" from Cheney, on the Senate Floor, is considered a private place but Durbin's comment was public. Of course, as always there was no shame expressed by the Republicans. I think if Rove had accused liberals of eating their babies at birth, the Republicans would have stayed united and on message in his defense.

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