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July 8, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

FACT CHECKING KARL ROVE....I know this is old news and doesn't really matter much anyway cold, hard facts are no match for incendiary rhetoric but this is worth posting just for the record. Mark Blumenthal, after reading Karl Rove's famous quote from a few days ago....

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war. Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.

....asked several pollsters what the evidence showed. What was the reaction of liberals and conservatives toward al-Qaeda right after 9/11? Here are the results from an LA Times poll taken two days after the attack:

In a question that forced a choice eerily similar to the rhetorical contrast offered by Rove, 68% of liberals wanted to "retaliate against bin Laden's group through military action," while 29% preferred that the "United States pursue justice by bringing him to trial in the United States?" Conservatives preferred war over a trial by a 72% to 22% margin.

So that's that: 68% of liberals wanted war vs. 72% of conservatives. Some therapy.

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