Live from La Farine: Jonathan Chait: Rove: Obama Should React to Terrorism Like Bush: “A Karl Rove column weaves together… delusional optimism about Republican prospects… with hilariously amnesiac attacks on President Obama…

…for allegedly doing things that were in fact done by [Bush]. Today’s column… refreshingly departs from the formula to lambaste Obama for doing something that George W. Bush never did: maintain calm in the face of terrorism…. Obama draws a distinction between a ‘spectacular’ attack like 9/11 and a ‘catastrophic’ one, by which he presumably has in mind a nuclear attack like the Soviet Union was capable of making. When Rove disagrees, there is no reason to doubt his sincerity. The Bush administration responded to the 9/11 attacks with completely genuine wild-eyed panic, lashing out with a series of hyperaggressive moves that ultimately made the problem far worse…. Nothing in Rove’s column takes any specific issue with any element of the Obama administration’s strategy. What vexes him is Obama’s state of mind, the notion that he sees his role as calming panic rather than stoking it…