The GOP must have been in panic when they put this out for immediate release:
Senators and Congressmen Rally Around Rove.
Elizabeth Dole (R-NC):
"The partisan attacks against Karl Rove are out of control...He is my friend."
[Ed. note: That's great, Betty. I see you also go on to categorize what Rove did, that his lawyer Luskin confirmed, and gave permission to Matthew Cooper to talk about, as "rumor and innuendo." Where were you when your husband, in a complete abandonment of all that is decent, did those Viagra commercials?]
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN):
"My Democratic friends would be doing the nation a great service if the spent half as much time getting legislation passed..."
[Ed. note: Yes, we know, Norm. If we could just get the Dems to show up and vote the way you tell them to and ignore all the treason that's going on around them.]
More from Norm: "We have enough to do in the Senate in minding our business than to be sticking our noses into someone else's business..."
[Ed. note: Yep, he really said that. If you want to call him for confirmation, you can reach him at (202) 224-5641, or (651) 645-0323, or (507) 625-6800. Maybe refresh his memory on that whole 'check and balance' thing.]
Naturally, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), who never saw an opportunity to make an ass out of himself slip by, chipped in with:
"I don't see any evidence out there that he violated the law."
[Ed. note: Sadly, old Rick had his head stuck down a gopher hole when he said that. You can generally find his head there or up GW's butt.]
The RNC was even shameless enough to carry this bold, forthright statement from Rep. DeLay (R-TX):
"I support Karl Rove..."
[Ed. note: Here's what ellipses are covering "and that no-good S.O.B. better support me!"]
There's plenty more, so I'll end with this snippet from Rep. Peter King (R-NY):
"Republicans should stop holding back and go on the offense: Fire enough bullets the other way until the Supreme Court overtakes."
[Ed. note: Uh, what?]
*One last thing to note: blessedly, not an Illinois Republican to be found on the page. Call Hastert and thank him from abstaining at (202) 225-0697, or (630) 406-1114, or (815) 288-0743, or (309) 944-3558.