More Than a Feeling
Published: April 4, 2007
President Bush and his advisers have made a lot of ridiculous charges about critics of the war in Iraq: they're unpatriotic, they want the terrorists to win, they don't support the troops, to cite just a few. But none of these seem quite as absurd as President Bush's latest suggestion, that critics of the war whose children are at risk are too "emotional" to see things clearly.
The direct target was Matthew Dowd, one of the chief strategists of Mr. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign, who has grown disillusioned with the president and the war, which he made clear in an interview with Jim Rutenberg published in The Times last Sunday....
...Mr. Bush was asked about Mr. Dowd during a Rose Garden news conference yesterday, he said, "This is an emotional issue for Matthew, as it is for a lot of other people in our country."
Mr. Dowd's case, Mr. Bush said, "as I understand it, is obviously intensified because his son is deployable."
Over the weekend, two of Mr. Bush's chief spokesmen, Dan Bartlett and Dana Perino, claimed that Mr. Dowd's change of heart about the war was rooted in "personal" issues and "emotions," and talked of his "personal journey."...