Erick Erickson notes Karl Rove’s brilliant political jujitsu with his recent comments at the New York Conservative Party dinner. Here’s what Rove said:
Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war. 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.
Note what Rove didn’t say. The word “Democrat” isn’t in that statement. By responding so vociferously, the Democratic Party is admitting that they are the party of the liberal left. Not a particularly shocking revelation, but critical nonetheless.
The other facet of this is that the Democrats have been saying much worse about the Republicans for years. And there’s a wealth of evidence to attest to it. The fact that the Democrats are getting their collective panties in a knot over a criticism of liberal idiocy over 9/11 is both a case of typically Democratic selective outrage and exactly what Rove wants. Dick Durbin accuses our soldiers of being Nazis, and the Democrats barely bat an eyelash (with the notable and welcome exception of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley). Karl Rove accuses liberals as being weak on terrorism, a critique which is both substantive and accurate, and the Democrats go ballistic.
As military blogger Baldilocks so very astutely notes:
Soldiers get their lives endangered but no one is supposed to say jack. Liberals get their feelings hurt and scream bloody murder.
It’s enough to make you a bit cynical.
And that about sums it up — Rove’s comments may have been impolitic, but they were right on the money. For the left, the truth hurts.
Here’s a hint: if you don’t want to be seen as weak on defense, stop trying to argue for us to withdraw from Iraq on an arbitrary timeline that would instantly hand the advantage to al-Qaeda. Stop spending all your time bitching about Gitmo and start demanding that Syria stop funneling head-chopping fanatics across the Euphrates corridor. Stop giving VIP status to anti-American gasbags like Michael Moore. Stop putting pissant partisan politics above winning this war.
In short, if the Democrtas don’t want to be accused of being weak on defense, perhaps they should stop being weak on defense for a change.