Over at his Political Annotation, Mark suggests that Rove’s move was bad politically. I think the Rove statement, which he had to know would come out, is actually good political fodder.
- It can be contrasted with Durbin’s statement and will help draw more attention back to Durbin’s statement.
- Rove said his at a private gathering and Durbin made his statement on the Senate floor.
- Rove’s statement plays to the stereotype of liberals and there are enough statements out there to back it up.
- It refocuses on the difference between liberals and conservatives in the war on terror.
I think this is probably a good start to get people back focused on the war and winning it. With Congress getting cold feet, this statement will draw out the left side of Congress (they’re having a press conference about it) and the public will be reminded of that party which should be in charge in times of crisis (hint: it’s not the party that would rather indict than fight).