Friday, March 23, 2012

Annals of Asshattery – Continued

In a bloviation in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove thinks the killing of Osama bin Laden was what any president would have done.

As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.

Yeah, except the president Mr. Rove worked for called off the hunt for bin Laden, saying at one point that he didn’t really think much about him. So I’m guessing that Mr. Rove was talking about virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation if he actually gave a rat’s ass about doing his job.

Better yet, though, Mr. Rove — either on purpose or via an oversight — left out an important part of Mr. Clinton’s quote: “He took the harder and the more honorable path. When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself, `I hope that’s the call I would have made.’” Big difference there, Karl. And apparently the editors at the Journal noticed it, because they later went in and put the full Clinton quote into the piece, which completely cuts the legs out from under the argument:

As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “I hope that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.

In a way, it’s kind of comforting to know that some things never change: the sun will always rise in the east, water will always be wet, and Karl Rove will always be a flaming sphincter.