Last week, in one of his more breathtaking lies, Karl Rove told a national television audience that it was Congress, not the Bush White House, that pushed for an Iraq war resolution
in advance of the 2002 midterm elections. Rove said the administration was "opposed" to moving "too fast," and that the president and his aides wanted the debate "outside the confines of the election."
Since then, there's been one thing everyone, on both sides of the aisle, can agree on: Rove is lying. Then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Rove either has "a very faulty memory, or he's not telling the truth," a sentiment echoed by then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's office.
Rove's former colleagues are just as blunt. Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card not only said Rove is wrong, but added, "[S]ometimes his mouth gets ahead of his brain
." Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer concluded, "I think Karl in this instance just has his facts wrong." Former Bush counselor Dan Bartlett added
, "This is the first time I've ever heard Karl say that."
Confronted with this reality, Karl Rove did what we'd expect him to do: he repeated the lie
as if reality had no meaning.
Rove repeated his assertion in an interview yesterday, pointing to comments made by Democrats in 2002 that they wanted a vote. "For Democrats to suggest they didn't want to vote on it before the election is disingenuous," he said.
Rove could have very easily explained that he misspoke during his interview last week, or misunderstood the question. But not this guy -- he lied, got caught, was thrown under the bus by his former colleagues, and then went back and repeated the lie all over again.
For what it's worth, the Washington Post
did a report on this, but was reluctant to use the "f" word ("false), or the "l" word ("lie"). Greg Sargent explains