First things first, the irony of Karl Rove criticizing anyone for being divisive is not lost on me. But if the President of the United States is going to use sexual innuendos to criticize private citizens who disagree with his policies…people have lost the moral high ground to complain aboot the rhetoric of pundits and talk radio hosts.
Plus Mr. Rove brings up some good points for the next time President Obama or any of his followers say how we need to work on our political manners…
“[President Obama] could start by having a conversation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who condemned those with different views on health care as being “un-American.” He might also share a word with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently accused Republicans of being “anti-American” and wanting to continue to “make love to Wall Street” by pressing for changes in a bill regulating the financial industry.
Mr. Obama can give friendly counsel to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who authorized a fund-raising email calling conservatives “reptiles” and “fire-breathing tea party nut jobs.” Was this in the spirit of “courtesy and respect” Mr. Obama says is vital to our democracy?
Maybe Mr. Obama should sit down with Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, who grabbed public attention when he said “Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick,” told former Vice President Dick Cheney to “STFU,” and accused Republicans of “being foot dragging, knuckle dragging Neanderthals” who lacked “a conscience.” Even a mild White House rebuke of this Democratic backbencher would have helped establish a better tone in Washington.
Mr. Obama should also visit with his White House staff, starting with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The acerbic Alabamian told reporters that when it came to dealing with BP on the oil disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, the administration would “keep the boot on their throat.” And since Mr. Gibbs credited Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with the memorable phrase, the president should call in his otherwise mild-mannered Interior secretary for a talk about treating people with “courtesy and respect,” especially in a moment of crisis.
But damn those tea baggers!