From Atrios, I got this link. It's very funny to see some of these people frantically Luskinate in order to avoid a straight answer. Rove never CALLED Cooper..."I managed to have my children go through the Fairfax, Virginia schools without ever looking at one of their science textbooks."...Rove didn't knowingly leak anything..."It's impossible to answer that question with a simple yes or no."...Rove never mentioned Valerie Plame by name..."I generally agree with said critique."...and on and on and on. Clinton only wishes he could have dissembled this finely.
LATER THOUGHTS: Even though it doesn't fit with the whole dissembling idea, I have to highlight David Frum's response:
How evolution should be taught in public schools: "I don't believe that anything that offends nine-tenths of the American public should be taught in public schools. ... Christianity is the faith of nine-tenths of the American public. ... I don't believe that public schools should embark on teaching anything that offends Christian principle."
Um, Catholics believe in evolution, Frummie. Or don't you count them as "Christian"? Here's one case where a bit of verbal dancing could only have helped him.
Also, I saw this from Balloon Juice:
A new poll indicates that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults believe in creationism - the belief that God created human beings. Harris InteractiveÂ® conducted a nationwide survey of 1000 U.S. adults between June 17 and 21, 2005. Of those polled, 64% agreed with the idea of creationism, while approximately 22% supported the basic theory of evolution, that Âhuman beings evolved from earlier species.Â Ten percent agreed with the idea of intelligent design, that Âhuman beings are so complex that they required a powerful force or intelligent being to help create them.Â
The percentage of U.S. adults who do not believe in evolution increased from 46% in 1994 to 54% in this yearÂs survey. Trends in the data indicate that those who agree with creationism tend to be older (55 years or older), from the south, affiliated with Republican and conservative views, and without a college degree.
For the record, I do believe in evolution, think intelligent design is nothing more than theology under the hides of kids (see Esau and Jacob) and think creationism and ID has no place in schools, especailly under science programs.