Recall this exchange on Fox News when Tony Snow was trying to convince Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) that President Bush did not say there was an “imminent threat” from Iraq:
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words and all recriminations would come too late.Now, here’s an excerpt from an article in The Hill:
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SNOW: Senator, I misspoke. That was this year's State of the Union address. But the president never argued there was an imminent threat.
ROCKEFELLER: Tony, if you listen to that as an average American person would, you and -- at least myself included, that is talking about the danger of an immediate attack.
On the House side, Democrats said that Republicans had also charged them with being unpatriotic. Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) said last Friday, “Yesterday I heard far too many members on the other side of the aisle come to the floor and impugn the motives and perhaps the patriotism of members who sought to reprioritize the funds in this bill,” adding such remarks would be a “shameful blemish on this institution.”Maybe some Q-Tips would help?
However, a review of congressional records did not show any Republicans calling Democrats unpatriotic on the House floor.