Democrats really do love Republicans — when they’re dead

He was a patriot, a hero, a ­genial gentleman and a fantastic American. You’ll be able to’t decide up a newspaper or go close to a tv with out listening to leftists gush with reward for the late President George H. W. Bush. Who knew they felt this manner?

And you aren’t mistaken if the outpouring of beforehand unknown affection for the primary President Bush sounds acquainted. That’s as a result of it’s nearly similar to the loving send-off the identical suspects gave Sen. John McCain when he died in August.

All of it simply goes to show that Democrats and their media handmaidens actually do love Republicans — once they’re lifeless. All of the extra so if, once they had been alive, they ­opposed President Trump.

There have been reviews that each Bush and McCain voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. See, good Republicans.

McCain’s feud went past the grave, when it turned recognized that he didn’t need Trump at his funeral. McCain acquired further love for that ­ultimate little bit of pettiness.

Paradoxically, Bush will get further credit score as a result of he wished Trump at his funeral, although each gestures are seen as a rebuke to the present president. On this case, Bush is hailed for rising above pettiness.

There may be one other phony dimension within the media’s reward for Bush and McCain in that each had been mentioned to epitomize a much less poisonous time in politics. Whereas it’s true that politics wasn’t all the time as vicious as it’s now and that Democrats and Republicans really socialized continuously, the mainstream media didn’t share in that bipartisan bonhomie when it got here to protection.

Even then, their bias tilted left, though their double normal has reached new depths in recent times. I imagine the press corps’ lapdog strategy to Barack Obama and attack-dog strategy to Trump are a part of why People have grow to be so polarized.

Certainly, many Trump voters ­clarify their assist for him as a response to left-wing press bias and the failure of different Republicans to combat again the best way Trump does.

The heydays of press hatred for Bush and McCain got here throughout their presidential campaigns. Lengthy earlier than they had been saluted for his or her late-in-life stances towards Trump, Bush 41 and McCain had been declared unfit to be president.

The New York Occasions, which final endorsed a Republican for president in 1956, backed the hapless Michael Dukakis over Bush in 1988, and Bush went on to win in a landslide, selecting up greater than 53 p.c of the favored vote and 426 electoral votes.

4 years later, the paper supported Invoice Clinton, ripping Bush’s financial administration as “exasperating” and his positions on particular person rights as “infuriating.” It accused him of stoking racial resentment, of going to “radical ­extremes” in supporting right-to-life measures, and mentioned his “capability to control has collapsed.”

When Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Courtroom in 1991, he and Thomas acquired the identical form of character smearing that Trump and Brett Kavanaugh acquired this 12 months.

Now, in his coffin, Bush is a mannequin of American greatness.

McCain, likewise, was hailed as a courageous maverick in 2000 when he sought the GOP nomination towards George W. Bush. However when he received the nomination in 2008 to run towards Barack Obama, the Occasions mentioned McCain had “retreated farther and farther to the perimeter of American politics, working a marketing campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His insurance policies and worldview are mired up to now.”

As he lay lifeless, the paper hailed the “adventurous bipartisanship” he demonstrated “in a protracted and distinguished profession.”

The Washington Put up, which has by no means endorsed a Republican for president, adopted an identical trajectory: condemnation for McCain when he criticized Obama and different Dems, lavish reward when he turned hearth on Republicans, particularly Trump.

There may be, after all, nothing mistaken in saying one thing good in regards to the lately departed. Eulogies aren’t the time or place to hunt stability.

The issue emerges when the partisan lens turns into the decisive think about switching from damnation to reward. Then it’s hypocrisy masquerading as precept and style.

The flip-flops are the most recent reminders that, greater than two years after Trump’s gorgeous upset, it’s not satisfactory to say American elites of each events and the media have but to simply accept his presidency. It’s clear they by no means will.

As an alternative, they distort actuality to make it match their prejudice. They uncover virtues in males they by no means supported solely to make use of them as a cudgel towards Trump.

Bush was elected in 1988 largely as a result of he was seen as Ronald Reagan’s third time period, and he was not an inspiring president, getting simply 37 p.c of the favored vote in 1992 in a three-way discipline, with Ross Perot getting 19 p.c.

His post-presidential life was noteworthy largely as a result of his son additionally turned president, and since he lived to 94.

But Jimmy Carter, one other ex-president, can also be 94, however even fellow Dems shun him, so he’s not seen as beloved or a nationwide treasure by nearly anybody.

As for McCain, his bitterness towards Trump was private, relationship to nasty remarks Trump made in 2015 about McCain’s 5 years of captivity and torture by the North Vietnamese. “He’s not a struggle hero. He’s a struggle hero as a result of he was captured,” Trump mentioned then. “I like folks that weren’t captured.”

McCain did his finest to get even, reportedly giving the phony Russian file on Trump to the FBI. That form of payback, greater than his navy profession or captivity, is what lastly endeared him to the left.

A head(line) of lettuce

Headline of the week:

“Lettuce Attempt To not Panic,” in The Wall Road Journal about authorities overreaction to an E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce.

Putz can’t even swing ax straight

You would watch numerous politics over a few years and by no means see one thing like the most recent screw-up by Mayor de Blasio. Then once more, there haven’t been many public officers just like the Putz.

The mayor took his “don’t trouble me with particulars” habits to a brand new degree with the try to fireplace the pinnacle of the town’s emergency-management company. When a deputy mayor requested Joseph Esposito for his resignation Friday, Esposito refused, saying solely de Blasio might hearth him. Naturally, the mayor was out of city and out of contact.

The standoff continued by means of the weekend — and wasn’t resolved by a Monday assembly between Esposito and the mayor. Lastly, late Monday evening, Metropolis Corridor mentioned he would stay within the job till a alternative was discovered, at which level he would get one other authorities put up.

The ham-handed oddity is magnified as a result of the acknowledged cause for the firing is the town’s woeful response to the Nov. 15 snowstorm. However de Blasio mentioned the town did nothing mistaken, and the sanitation commissioner, whose company was late in plowing and salting the streets, refuses to apologize.

So why was Esposito, who was additionally on trip, picked to be the autumn man? Good query.

Maybe the reply will are available a future episode in regards to the mayor who doesn’t give a rattling.

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