The Democrats, apparently hoping to stop the bleeding resulting from Dick Durbin’s faux pas and Howard Dean’s many miscues, went into coordinated attack mode when Karl Rove drew this distinction between the liberal and conservative reactions to the September 11 attacks:
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.
That’s a pretty accurate, if slightly hyperbolic, characterization of the opposing camps; any number of liberals have called for “understanding” the terrorists’ grievances against us. The Democrats apparently thought the shoe fit, and went ballistic, demanding a tit-for-tat apology from Rove to balance out Durbin’s tearful recantation. Needless to say, it won’t be forthcoming. And I don’t know that the Democrats gain anything by highlighting, once more, the charge that they are soft on terror.