Fox News focuses on a less-remarked-upon aspect of Rove's speech:
... Rove ... added that groups linked to the Democratic Party made the mistake of calling for "moderation and restraint" after the terrorist attacks.
[White House communications director Dan] Bartlett, appearing on morning news shows Friday, said that Rove was referring in his talk to Moveon.org, a liberal group that has been identified with movie producer Michael Moore.
"It's somewhat puzzling why all these Democrats ... who responded forcefully after 9-11, who voted to support President Bush's pursuit of the war on terror, are now rallying to the defense of Moveon.org, this liberal organization who put out a petition in the days after 9-11 and said that we ought not use military force in responding to 9-11," Bartlett said on NBC on Friday. "That is who Karl Rove cited in that speech ... There is no need to apologize."...
OK, Dan: If we're going to play Six Degrees of Separation, if we're essentially going to demonize an entire political party for what groups "linked to" it may or may not have said or done, let me remind you that Jerry Falwell, a politicized preacher linked to the Bush White House, said of the 9/11 attacks,
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."
And Pat Robertson, a politicized preacher linked to the Bush White House, concurred, while separately laying the blame for 9/11 on, among others, the Supreme Court (for the Roe v. Wade decision).
Link that, Dan.