August 19, 2010

REMEMBER WHEN THE PARTY HAD ADULT SUPERVISION?:

Karl Rove Concerned About Republican Rhetoric on Ground Zero Mosque (George Stephanopoulos, August 18, 2010, ABC News)

I asked Karl Rove if he was concerned that the heated rhetoric from some of his fellow Republicans on the proposed Islamic center would undercut the work that President Bush did and the work President Obama is trying to do to reach out to the moderate Muslim world.

"I am," Rove told me.

By expressing his concern Rove joined New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former speechwriter Michael Gerson and former undersecretary James Glassman -- three Republicans who have said the controversy could have negative repercussions.


Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque (MAGGIE HABERMAN, 8/16/10, Politico)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a new national icon for the Republican Party thanks in part to his push for pension reforms, on Monday became the most prominent GOP figure to warn against "overreacting" to the threat of terror and painting "all of Islam" with the brush of terrorism amid the swirling controversy about the ground zero-area mosque. [...]

Christie, who was a U.S. attorney in New Jersey before he was elected, answered questions about the president's speech and the issue generally at a bill signing in Trenton, the seat of the state's government — and he framed his answer partly in terms of his past job.

"Given my last position, that I was the first U.S. attorney post-9/11 in New Jersey, I understand acutely the pain and sorrow and upset of the family members who lost loved ones that day at the hands of radical Muslim extremists," Christie said. "And their sensitivities and concerns have to be taken into account. Just because it's nearly nine years later, those sensitivities cannot and should not be ignored.

"On the other hand, we cannot paint all of Islam with that brush. ... We have to bring people together. And what offends me the most about all this, is that it's being used as a political football by both parties."


Spoken like a leader.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2010 7:01 AM
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