First, what Rove said
"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."The poorman starts us off with a nice reminder of just how the President immediately responded to the attacks on 9/11 (by literally flying around the country hiding) and the White House lies about that response.
From Tapped, we get a link to a press release from Families of 9/11, "calling on Karl Rove to resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others. His comments are not welcome."
Also in Tapped, Garance Franke-Ruta takes further issue with Rove's remarks, calling them
"a blatant falsehood and an insult to all the liberal victims of September 11 in the New York region who still want nothing more than for our military to get Osama bin Laden. Harry Reid, Howard Dean, and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer have already called for Rove to apologize. I heartily concur."She adds,
"Instead of attacking the patriotism of liberal victims of 9-11, Rove and the president should focus on catching bin Laden. The United States defeated Adolf Hitler’s army and the Italian fascists in three and a half years, but nearly four years after we got hit by Al-Qaeda, bin Laden is still at large and there appears to be no concerted effort to find him, even though CIA chief Porter Goss recently said we have "an excellent idea" where he is."There's more, all of it good. Go read.
The DNC has its own take on the differences between Democrats and Republicans, among them,
"DemocratsGo read this, too.
Believe capturing the person primarily responsible for the attack should be a top priority.
It's been four years, and Osama bin Laden is still free, even though Bush's CIA chief says he knows where he is."
Kevin Drum properly equates Rove's and McClellan's remarks with McCarthy level thuggery.
There's more, all over the internets.
For myself, I really don't want apologies from Rove, Mehlman, et al, and I certainly don't want to hear any more whiny calls for them to apologize coming from the Democrats. We should loudly and often point out that these comments are way bveyond the pale and demand nothing less than their resignations.