Friday, June 24, 2005
The Left's Selective Outrage
The Democratic Outrage Machine is running at full steam today. The whining will no doubt reach a fever pitch if it hasn't already.
I'm sure you're asking "What happened to cause this visceral reaction from the Left?"
Answer: Karl Rove opened his mouth.
The Left hates Karl Rove with such a force it can't easily be described. My closest comparison is my hatred for all things Tofu. Perhaps yours is different.
You see, Rove has their number. Time and again, the leftist liberals have come to do battle against the Rove inspired political machine embodied by the Republican party - and each time they have been beaten like a bongo drum. (No, Hugh, I'm not sending you a dollar.) Most liberals believe Rove is Evil Incarnate.
So when Rove opens his mouth and says something offensive to liberals (which is almost anything these days) they don't waste any time getting themselves into a state that can most mildly be described as 'foaming at the mouth.'
Here, as reported by the New York Times, are Rove's remarks made before the Conservative Party of New York State:
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. I don't know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground, a side of the Pentagon destroyed, and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble.Commenting on Senator Durbin's recent comparisons of US Military Forces to those of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, Rove stated:
Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.Now for a selection of whines, rants, laments, and complaints from the left:
Karl Rove has moved to center stage in the theater of the absurd. Our entire country came together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His shameful comments trying to revise history insult the victims of 9/11 and all of us who support them. President Bush must repudiate these remarks.
Karl Rove has moved to center stage in the theater of the absurd. Our entire country came together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His shameful comments trying to revise history insult the victims of 9/11 and all of us who support them. President Bush must repudiate these remarks. - Nancy "Bella" Pelosi.This from a woman who the day prior said to a reporter "The war in Afghanistan is over." Bella, you might want to check out the Milblogs every now and then. They tell a different story than does your staff or the MSM.
Karl Rove should immediately and fully apologize for his remarks or he should resign. I hope the president will join me in repudiating these remarks. - Senate Minority Leader Dusty HarryKeep dreaming, Harry. I think Rove will resign for his comments as soon as you censure Durbin for his.
[President Bush should] show some leadership and unequivocally repudiate Rove's divisive and damaging political rhetoric. - Howie DeanHowie, did I just quote you criticizing someone for "divisive and damaging political rhetoric"? What's the matter? Did you thing you owned that space?
And, I saved the best for last:
I would hope that you and other members of the administration would immediately repudiate such an insulting comment from a high-ranking official in the president's inner circle. - Senator Hillary ClintonHillary is by far the most egregious example of selective outrage. She said not one word about Durbin's slanderous rhetoric emanating from the floor of the Senate, despite being directly asked the question several times. She equivocated, bobbed, weaved, and waffled all in the same conference call. Sorry, Hillary, here you don't get a pass. Remember those tough questions you wanted the media to ask? It means you get to answer them too.
Why do comments like Rove's get the Establishment Left's collective thong in a wadded knot? Because, unlike Durbin's patently false imaginative dreamworld comments, Rove spoke (in very general terms) words that rang just a little bit too true for the Left's liking.
In the days following September 11th, there were those on the left who called for tolerance, understanding, and appeasement for those who butchered some 3,000 of our countrymen. I cite here just a few examples:
Senator Patti Murray (D-Wa) praised Usama bin Laden as a "Hero" to the Muslim world because he had paid for "schools, roads and even day care centers."
We haven't done that. How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?So, according to Senator Murray, rather than inflict justice on the mudering islamofascist terrorist bastards, we should build daycare centers for them.
Richard Gere, at the October 20, 2001 "Concert for New York City" - an event staged to raise money for those murdered six weeks earlier, stated that:
...the horrendous energy that we're all feeling, and the possibility of turning it into more violence and revenge, we can stop that. We can take that energy and turn it into something else. We can turn it into compassion, and ... love, and ... understanding.His comments were received by a chorus of boos (second only to those greeting Hillary, but that's another story for another time) and personally I'm suprised he got off the stage before some firefighters managed to deck him.
Add those comments to the relentless diatribe emenatiting from the left decrying the War on Terror and demanding that it be waged in a more "sensitive" and "humane" way (John "Lurch" Kerry's words, not mine) and I believe Mr. Rove's point is made quite nicely. Truth hurts. Sometimes it stings.
Me thinks the Left doth protest a bit too much. That's ok. It makes it easier to shoot them down.
Here endeth the lesson.