Scotty Broke the Rule

Karl Rove on impugning the motives of your political opponents:

“Rove attested that ‘most people I know on both sides of the aisle actually believe in the positions they take,’ and he proposed a rule: ‘Unless you have clear evidence to the contrary, commentators should answer arguments instead of impugning the motives of those with whom they disagree.‘”
— Washington Post, 4/19/05

White House press secretary Scott McClellan on opposition to John Bolton’s nomination:

“I think what you’re seeing is the ugly side of Washington, D.C., that people are playing politics with his nomination. … We hope that [opponents of Bolton] on the committee would stop playing politics and stop raising these unsubstantiated accusations and move forward on a committee vote.”