Forget Rove! It's the Democrats who are "wild"

Republicans get caught slandering Democrats, so it must be time to talk about Howard Dean again.

By Tim Grieve
Published June 23, 2005 9:25PM (EDT)

Maybe it's just an accident of timing, but right in the middle of the uproar over Karl Rove's suggestion that the true "motive of liberals" is to put U.S. troops "at greater risk," Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman has sent us an email complaining about the "wild rhetoric" of Democrats.

We're not making this up.

Mehlman directs us to a new RNC video compilation of statements by Howard Dean and Dick Durbin and other Democratic "wild things," and along the way he says that "today's Democrats are singularly focused on obstruction and over-the-top rhetoric." Which is funny, because we thought that today's Democrats were singularly focused on getting U.S. soldiers killed. That's more or less what Karl Rove said, and it's pretty much the message another Republican, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, delivered at a press conference in Washington yesterday. Wilson said he finds it "just inconceivable and truly incorrigible that, in the midst of the war, the Democratic leaders would be conducting guerrilla warfare on American troops."

Perhaps Ken Mehlman would like to put that in his next video compilation.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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