DNC Spokesman Claims Democrats Never Used 'Extreme Rhetoric' Against Bush
1:45 PM, Jan 31, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Via Real Clear Politics, Democratic party spokesman Brad Woodhouse makes a bizarre assertion in response to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus comparing Obama to the captain of a wrecked Italian cruise ship:
Now, I'm not sure Priebus's comments about Obama are anybody's idea of elevating the discourse. That said, are Democrats really going to try and claim the high ground here? Let me jog Woodhouse's memory a bit—here's former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean drawing an implicit comparison between Bush and the president of Iran back in 2006. Here's a DNC memo from 2008 that says Bush administration criticism of labor unions is tantamount to questioning the patriotism of the heroes of 9/11. And that's just from a quick Google. I'm sure many more examples abound, to say nothing of current DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's recent suggestions that the Tea Party is responsible for the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.
I understand party spokesmen are inclined to gild the lily, but this attempt at spin is disconnected from reality.