spc wrote:You remember Johnson & Carter? Give me a break.
How 'bout that.
All you who want "respect" accorded to Dubya should remember how you thought, spoke and/or wrote about Carter, Clinton and your other Democratic faves. Obviously, we don't go far enough back here to show you those words, but if a Democrat is elected this November, how do you intend to talk about President Obama, or President Hillary?
The end of civility in D.C. can be traced directly back to Newt and the "Contract with America" class of '94. (A personal friend went in with Newt in that class.) After 40-odd years of Democratic control, Newt made no secret that he intended to "take over" the House and that he didn't particularly care about whether some of the old collegiality was lost in the process. The polarized partisan atmospherics started then and culminated with the budget shut-down and the impeachment. Then came the 2000 election, won by the Supreme Court, and the second chapter, authored by Rove, Cheney and Bush. You can believe me when I say there are a whole lot of Democrats who've wanted almost nothing more in the past year and a half than to impeach Bush and Cheney for everything from the war lies, to the torture, to the unconstitutional Patriot Act excesses and the endless string of "signing statements." But, to her great credit, Nancy Pelosi isn't having any of the tit-for-tat. And it's true stateswomanship on her part, because she knows that an endless volley of retributive impeachments will do nothing but paralyze and thereby essentially threaten our form of government. (As if the signing statements and the "unitary executive" themselves haven't.)